Our Don Lawrence, a healthcare planner with Blue Cottage of CannonDesign, spoke with the Houston Chronicle on how design can positively affect the quality of life of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Don shared his experience working on the CHOC Thompson Autism Center, as well as how raising an autistic son has influenced his career.
The piece notes: “Color and light — both natural and artificial — are two important elements of home design, and they’re big factors in homes that have a child or adult with autism. Lawrence explained that the slight flicker of a fluorescent light bulb, which are still used extensively in offices, stores and schools, can seem to a person with autism as the rest of us might see a strobe light. Imagine all of the homes built in the 1980s and 1990s with lightboxes for fluorescent tubes over their kitchen islands — every one of them is a problem if someone in the household has autism.”