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At Home With AutismDesigning housing for the spectrum$
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Kim Steele and Sherry Ahrentzen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307976

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307976.001.0001

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A research-informed approach for housing design

A research-informed approach for housing design

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At Home With Autism

Kim Steele

Sherry Ahrentzen

Policy Press

The approach in developing design goals and guidelines derives in part from evidence-based practices (EBP) in autism interventions and in design. Instead of strict adherence to an EBP process, modifications were made due to deficit of empirical research on residential environments for adults on the spectrum. The chapter describes the process undertaken in identifying and assembling the range of research that underlies the design goals and guidelines of subsequent chapters. With an eye toward research integrity as well as relevancy, the approach encompassed both empirical research and reflective practice, including the lived experiences of those on the spectrum. The mechanics of the search and selection process is described in this chapter, and further detailed in the Appendix.

Keywords:   empirical research, evidence based design, evidence based practice, lived experiences reflective practice, research integrity

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