Keeping Autistic Children Safe

Filed Under (Acceptance, Safety, Sensory Differences) by Estee on 21-04-2010

This is the first article published by that I wrote on making safe yet attractive living spaces for autistic children. Thank you, Zeshan, for both caring and for being interested in this topic.

While safety may involve anything from picture symbol reminders to locks, I’ve also paid attention to “safe spaces,” that is, making safe sensory places where Adam can escape and learn to self-regulate. As I mentioned in the article, as I learn about what Adam needs, I like to create fun, aesthetically-pleases places and devices that both Adam and I can live with and enjoy.

Photo credits (and all good photos of Adam are taken by) Mike Klar whose work is linked here.


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I’m a PhD candidate at York University, Critical Disability Studies, with a multi-disciplinary background in the arts as a curator and writer. I am the Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project (, and an enamoured mother of my only son who lives with the autism label. I like to write about our journey, critical issues regarding autism in the area of human rights, law, and social justice, as well as reflexive practices in (auto)ethnographic writing about autism.