We've collaborated with our friends at Easter Seals on a unique design competition that launched yesterday: Sketch-a-Space invites both pros and amateurs to use Google SketchUp to design spaces for people with autism. Our own Project Spectrum was started specifically with this community of people in mind.
Qualities of light, color, pattern, sound and other factors are critical to all good design; when it comes to design for people on the autism spectrum, this is doubly true. Some folks who are on the autism spectrum have environmental sensitivities that can have a profound effect on their ability to make use of a space. Understanding these sensitivities and creating spaces that accommodate them is what Sketch-a-Space is all about.
The design competition is open to people in the United States; you can enter in any one of four categories:
- Youth with Autism: individuals with autism age 13-17
- Adult with Autism: individuals with autism age 18 and over
- Youth: individuals without autism age 13-17
- Adult: individuals without autism age 18 and over
For complete details, including information about entering the competition, prizes, deadlines, judging (hint: I'm one of them) and official rules, visit the Sketch-a-Space website.
Posted by Aidan Chopra, SketchUp Evangelist