A friend of mine, pointed this video out. It is excellent in my opinion. She is working towards a Special Family Resource site for Charleston and the whole state of South Carolina. Portions of it still need to be fleshed out and she is fundraising right now for that area of the website. So, what is it about? It will be an online concierge service, tailored to each area and will link the newly diagnosed family to professionals that can help them find services for their special child. Typically, when a diagnosis is given…there is no answer to the question: “Where do I start?” My friend found that out personally. For her there was no one and today it still is a tough to negotiate. She hopes to change that. The good news for her is that her child’s issues were caught before they became permanent. However, she still tends the torch of compassion for those that continue to live with a special family member.
The video shows quite well what normal people do not understand-daily frequencies as viewed by a sensitive. ‘Normals’ do not really get the difference between themselves and what I call a Sensitive. Autism does fall into that group and it is a very significant set of issues all on its own. But as a designer and looking at things in a larger way, I ask myself, what do they have in common with others challenged by the environment? I can answer back right off the top of my head: the chemically sensitive, the heavy metal overloaded person, people with mold toxicity, electro-sensitives and those with hyperacusis.
So what can we do about it as designers? Well in this case, please watch the video and brainstorm a few ideas for yourself. For my idea, I would figure out other lighting systems. Florescent lights might be “energy saving” but they are not very good for the environment (mercury) and on top of that, there is a little known fact that for sensitives they sound loud…very, very loud…like a close up lawn mower machine. So try and put yourself in the shoes of a child sensitive trying to learn at a school that typically has bays of florescent lighting. It is not a comfortable feeling and all a designer has to do is to specify a different lighting system.