How can I make my building more accessible to people with disabilities?

People with sensory needs can be seeking or defensive for each sense. For example, someone may be defensive towards sound but seeking towards touch – this would be a person who is touching everything they can but who covers their ears and retreats from loud sound. It can be challenging to accommodate such diverse needs but the first step is to get to know the person. Some general guidelines are to avoid strong scents if possible, set aside “low stim” rooms, and set aside sensory areas (for example – sections with things that can be touched safely). That will help make for a more welcoming space, and assist in thee feeling of belonging.