2018 Trial - Place with Purpose

Our 2018 Trial.

In 2018, we trialled the first ever shared office designed specifically to support neurodivergent people.

We supported 50 people in the space by providing the space, structure and mentor support to make the most of the working day.

This was a trial though and we learned a huge amount. Below is a summary of how it went:


A Controllable Workspace

Designing for neurodiversity can be full of contradictions but we were certain that whatever the needs of our members, we could give them control over their environment.

Desks were bookable with the option to change the seating and lighting. The design also helped our members to limit the number of distractions they encounter doing their work.

With coloured zones on the floor, we also created clear “productivity” and “communication” areas in the space to help support interaction in the space between our members.

We’re excited about putting what learned into our action in our first permanent NEU Space in London later in 2019.

Our Trial - Place with Purpose

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Quiet Pods

The brain child of our brilliant Inclusive Design Lead Anna Farley, we created a bespoke quiet pod.

The pod allowed our members to totally control the space with sound-proofing, blackout curtains and a controllable light.

It proved to be particularly useful in moments of high anxiety and in supporting our members to transition. Whether that’s arriving after a stressful commute or at the end of the day.

We recommend all workplaces to have a Quiet Pod equivalent. Remember, when you design for neurodiversity, everyone wins.


Mentoring

Throughout the trial, we were able to offer free mentoring sessions each week to our members from a member of the AS Mentoring team, specialists in neurodiversity.

With special thanks to Autism Forward and AS Mentoring for their support in delivering our mentoring.

Mentoring - Place with Purpose

It has come at a great time as I have just graduated and the transition is something I’ve found challenging. Ordinarily I would be at home, relatively lonely and de-motivated.
— Member, Recent Graduate