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Katie is a designer whose work celebrates neuro-diversity and whose research explores how design can improve living environments for autistic adults.

Katie is the first Research Associate to have completed a PhD by practice at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. The PhD entitled A Designer’s Approach: Exploring how autistic adults with additional learning disabilities experience their home environment reflected upon a non-autistic designer’s approach to working with autistic adults to investigate their relationship with the physical environment. Katie’s research hopes to expand the field of inclusive design to consider neuro-diveristy and encourage designers to collaborate with neurologically diverse people who can offer unique ideas for innovation and who are excluded from mainstream ways of thinking.

Katie is currently on maternity leave.

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