Special Needs Design

Dickinson + Partners is a world leading team of experts providing Universal Design and Educational design consulting services. We work to maintain our leadership position by providing professional and cost effective services of the highest quality.

We believe in the concepts represented in Universal Design – a broad-spectrum of ideas aimed at produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to both people without disabilities and people with disabilities. Our special needs design services include:

Technology Infrastructure Planning
Design and Review
Project Specification

User-centered design (UCD) is a design philosophy in which the needs, wants, and limitations of the users are given extensive attention at each stage of the design process. Despite high profile discussions of UCD in the special needs community, until recently this substantial population of users has been largely ignored. The designers at Dickinson + Partners bring the users back into the center of the design process, by engaging them as team members and by promoting their needs, wants, and creative input.

When designing educational facilities for students with special needs, we also engage the student population. We believe that appropriately designed classrooms can directly support the academic achievement of students when combined with an effective educational program. Many students with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or other challenges have shown us that they can exceed our expectations when given the opportunities they find in right-designed classrooms and excellent educational programs.