Ahead of Autism Acceptance Month, the interior decor brand releases four designs for a good cause.
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About the initiative
The campaign encourages conscious design decisions that seek to accommodate and empower more people. The new collection also comes as a celebration of World Autism Acceptance Week, taking place 27 March to 2 April, and Autism Acceptance Month in the US (the month of April).
About the designs
Insights from research exploring the impact of interior environments on autistic people helped inform Hovia's design choices for the collection. With advice such as:
'Cevenne Neutral' mural by Hovia
Sensory decorating tips
Responses to colors are subjective, and no two people experience the world in the same way. For these murals, we used shades and designs that we understand many people dealing with hypersensitivity will appreciate, but we know they may not be colors that all autistic people will enjoy.
Catherine Jacob, Head of Design at Hovia
Haverstock — an architectural practice with 30 years of experience designing specialist spaces — also provide their expert insights on creating an accommodating interior:
For autistic adults, young people and children, an environment which is too stimulating is uncomfortable and can cause unnecessary distress. Calmer environments that use colors within a muted range can reduce heart rate and empower autistic people to feel in control of their environment.
'Vast' mural by Hovia
The autistic community in America are also campaigning for the discontinuation of 'Awareness', asking the media to adopt the title Autism Acceptance Month instead.
Awareness is knowing that autistic people exist. Acceptance is including and supporting autistic people within communities; creating better understanding and connections between us all.
Gaby Richardson, National Autistic Society
Senior Content Executive at Hovia