Aurora University

Sensory Supportive Spaces

Centennial Hall

At AU, we understand that sensory regulation is key to both the physical and psychological comfort of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. For this reason, we have dedicated a portion of a residence hall specifically for AU students on the autism spectrum.

The spaces are designed with the goal of alleviating anxiety so that students can focus their energy and emotions on a positive college experience.

The design features include:

  • Common spaces with flexible seating
  • Quiet study spaces outside of the residence hall rooms
  • Private showers with adjustable water pressure
  • Adjustable lighting
  • Cool, pale colors
  • Acoustic panels on ceilings and walls to reduce auditory distractions
  • Flooring to reduce sound
  • Patterns that limit visual stimuli