2018 National Planning Conference

Autism Planning and Design Guidelines 1.0

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:45 a.m. - noon PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198009

Location: 3014

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  • Discover how to create more inclusive public engagement for people with autism by first understanding autism spectrum disorder's increasing prevalence, planning with them and not for them.
  • Assess the research process that produced the Six Feelings Framework, a design strategy for planners, then explore infrastructure redesigns that make up initial Autism Planning and Design Standards 1.0.
  • Learn how to implement autism planning and design standards to make public infrastructure and facilities more inclusive of people with autism and also more clear, safe, comfortable, and freeing for everyone.


People with autism want to live fulfilled lives — as does everyone. They deserve to be considered as equal participants in the planning process, and their desires should be represented as strongly and clearly as all others. Planners must be careful that the landscapes that they implement represent the needs of those with autism, too — and planners must plan with them, not for them, to make sure their voices are heard. Autism’s increasing prevalence calls for planners to plan and design the public realm to improve the quality of life for people with autism. This session introduces a framework for planning for people with autism and offers an initial set of planning and design standards for the public realm that addresses their needs. This work was the culmination of a year-long research process that included adults with autism, parent caregivers of adults with autism, professionals from planning and planning-related fields, experts on autism, and graduate and undergraduate students at The Ohio State University. The work was featured in July/August 2018 PAS Memo and October 2018 Planning Magazine. Learn about the Six Feelings Framework for autism planning and design, and review examples from the Autism Planning and Design Standards 1.0.

This course is approved to offer 1.25 LU|HSW (AIA).

This course is approved to offer 1.25 PDH (ASLA).

Session Speakers

Kyle Ezell, AICP CUD
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Richard L. Stein, AICP
Urban Decision Group
Westerville, OH

Galyna Korniyenko
The Ohio State University City and Regional Planning Program
Columbus, OH

Joanne L. Shelly, AICP
City of Dublin, Ohio
Dublin, OH