How Can We Meet The Rising Challenges of Autism?

MAYVA DONNON

November 2, 2017

The new Bancroft campus responds — through design.

An expansive tree-lined campus with sensory patterns that ease transitions and orient those with neurological challenges, autism, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. A solution that establishes a design language to serve the national special needs community into the future.

This is Bancroft’s new world-class campus at Mount Laurel, an aesthetic, functional, clinical response to shaping how the world designs for autism.

The design team crafted a variety of features that advance the world’s response to autism:

  • The design team crafted a variety of features that advance the world’s response to autism:
  • Connection to the environment via a nature trail and views to farm fields, streams and a pond
  • Geometric & color-coded patterns to symbolize space typologies and uses
  • Common spaces with shared resources, including a Vocational Village, Conference and Training Center, and spaces for arts, music, and fitness, such as the recreation and therapy pool, all designed with smooth transitions
  • An inventive masterplan in which community and learning spaces, therapeutic environments, and residential units fan out in increasingly modest and secluded groupings to provide privacy and comfort.
  • Custom-designed clinics that offer medical, dental, and mental health services on campus
  • Right-sized life skills and transitional programming to celebrate progress in skill-building to impart participants with dignity and a sense of self-value

Learn more about Bancroft’s new campus.