The Dublin City University (DCU) launched the the first ever Autism-Friendly University Design Guide.
The development of the guide is a culmination of a year-long series of virtual engagements and workshops with key stakeholders, including staff, students, external organisations, advocacy groups and other key partners.
The involvement of Magda Mostafa, an Associate Professor in the Architecture Department at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and Autism Design Consultant and Progressive Architects, was also instrumental in realising the ambition of developing the guide.
Prof Mostafa is internationally recognised for her work and is the author of autism ASPECTSS design guidelines, the world’s first research-based design framework for autism worldwide. She has presented on this to the United Nations Commission for the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), Harvard University and to showcase events at the National Autistic Society in the UK, AsIAm and the World Autism Organisation.
This latest announcement is an important milestone, and a reflection of the university’s commitment to ensuring that DCU is a supportive, collaborative and accessible environment for autistic people.