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Designing for Everyone: Can the principles of dementia friendly design inform design for neurodiversity in healthcare settings?

Waller, Sarah, Evans, Simon ORCID:, Bray, Jennifer ORCID: and Atkinson, Teresa ORCID: (2024) Designing for Everyone: Can the principles of dementia friendly design inform design for neurodiversity in healthcare settings? Working with Older People. ISSN Print: 1366-3666 Online: 2042-8790

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There is increasing interest in the UK in developing environments that support people who are neurodiverse. This paper reports on a project to develop a cognitively supportive environmental assessment tool to improve the design of health centres, where the majority of NHS consultations take place, for all users including people living with dementia and those who are neurodiverse.
A three stage process was used: a literature review; the development of a matrix of key design features for people living with dementia, autism and other neurodiverse conditions; and the development of an environmental assessment tool and guide for users which included easy read versions to maximise service user involvement.
The overarching concepts of dementia friendly design can be adapted to create design for everyone including those who are neurodiverse.
There is a paucity of research in environmental design for primary care from the patient’s perspective, and more generally further research on design for adults with learning disabilities and autism is needed.
The tools are available free to download. With adaptation, they have potential applicability across health and care settings.
This project has confirmed that the principles of dementia friendly design are applicable, with modifications, to a wider group of neurodiverse people. Critically, each person’s response to sensory stimuli is individual rather than determined by their condition.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
Depositing User: Jennifer Bray
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2023 09:32
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2024 09:46

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