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Designing Learning Environments for the Special Needs Population- Session II

Our meeting this month focused on designing learning environments that promote physical, mental, and social well-being among special needs students and educators.
Both research & experience have shown that the quality of teaching environments can have a profound impact on learning.  While this has implications for all students, it is particularly significant for students with special needs, including students with moderate hearing impairment and vision disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficiencies and other disabilities.
In this session, representatives from the districts of Newton, Carver, Chelsea and Milford spoke on how they have chosen to design and locate the SPED learning spaces in their new or renovated facilities. While all of the programs follow State SPED guidelines, each District interprets them in different ways. The varying interpretations then result in different physical ramifications and unique architectural designs. Despite the differing layout of these spaces, all of the new or renovated schools enable equal access by users of buildings or sites and integrate the SPED spaces to ensure that the user are equal partners in the school community.

Attached is the slide show presented during the session.
David Finney AIA
Tina Stanislaski AIA
Co-chairs, K-12 Educational Facilities Committee

SPED presentation.pdf4.81 MB