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Acoustics

Acoustics Research indicates that frequent exposure to noisy environments increases susceptibility to experiencing problems with cognitive function, stress and blood pressure. A majority of people on the autistic spectrum are hypersensitive to sound, with some research suggesting that acoustics have a significant influence on behaviour. This webinar discussed why acoustics are important in both special… Read more »

Designing for Autism

Acknowledging individual differences and sensory considerations is essential for inclusive design. This presentation focussed on designing inclusive learning environments for those with autism, and covered three learning objectives: understanding user needs; how architecture can make a difference; and the importance of internal and external environments. Many of the design principles explored can be applied to… Read more »

Inclusive Design

This webinar took place on Thursday 15 March, 11:00 – 12:00 Special Education Needs (SEN) In 2020, 15.4% of schools in England had pupils with special education needs (SEN). This is a form of learning difficulty or disability where additional support is beneficial. The most common types of SEN are autism; speech, language and communication;… Read more »

Inclusive Design and Well-being

This webinar took place on Monday 15 March, 16:00 – 17:00 Neurodiverse Conditions 1 in 7 people in the UK have a neurodiverse condition. Examples include autism, dyslexia and dementia. However, even when considered neurotypical, humans remain unique. One size does not fit all. We all function, learn, perceive and communicate differently. We all need… Read more »

Project Showcases: Beatlie ASN Campus and Caudwell International Children’s Centre

This webinar took place on Wednesday 17 March, 11:00 – 12:00 Context This webinar included presentations which explored the importance of adaptable spaces recognising how the built environment can influence well-being, as well as how technology can generate inclusive experiences.   Beatlie’s Inclusive Design and Technology West Lothian Council, NORR Architects and Wardell Armstrong Landscape… Read more »

The Impact of CO2 on Children’s Learning

This webinar took place on Monday 17 march, 09:30 – 10:15 CO2 Carbon dioxide, CO2, is a molecule formed from one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms. It is a greenhouse gas and so a contributor to global warming. As CO2 concentrations rise in the atmosphere, heat energy that would normally escape is being trapped…. Read more »

Similarities and Differences – Project Comparison of Two Leading SEN Facilities

This webinar took place on 17 March 2021 Vanguard and Cleeve Meadow are special education needs (SEN) schools designed by Pozzoni Architecture and built by Galliford Try. Pozzoni adopt three principles when designing SEN schools: reducing anxiety; responding to heightened senses; and providing a safe and functional learning environment. Although the schools shared similar briefs… Read more »