Urban Design Can Change The Lives Of People With Autism

By Shaunacy Ferrom
May 7, 2014

IT’S A TALL ORDER, BUT ELIZABETH DECKER HAS DESIGNED A TOOLKIT TO MAKE CITIES MORE INCLUSIVE.

Cities are not the friendliest of places for people with autism. Landscape architecture student Elizabeth Decker aims to change that. For her master’s research at Kansas State University, Decker developed a toolkit to help urban planners design more inclusive communities for adults with autism and other disorders. The project was inspired by her 19-year-old brother, Marc, who has autism.

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