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Built Environment

The built environment is sometimes defined as the human-made space in which people live, work, and undertake leisure activities on a day-to-day basis.

The built environment includes new builds as well as modifications to existing spaces.

It includes

  • entire buildings and spaces such as schools, hospitals, prisons, railway stations
  • spaces with specific functions such as multi-sensory environments and reduced sensory environments
  • the organisation and layout of individual rooms (a key element in structured teaching)

Some people believe that the built environment can be adapted in order to make it more accessible and usable, and less intimidating and confusing, to individuals on the autism spectrum.

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