Office of Inclusive Design

Low-Stimulation Spaces 

Low-stimulation spaces ensure optimal functioning and enjoyment of a space for individuals who are easily over-stimulated. Over-stimulation can make people overwhelmed, anxious, angry, and confused, so making efforts to minimize stimulation in your space will make it much more inclusive for any visitors you have.  

Keep lights dim 

  • Avoid using bright LED lights. If possible, switch to softer lighting or using lamps.  

Keep the volume low 

  • To avoid over-stimulation, try to keep the space quiet with little background noise.  
  • Avoid playing loud music/videos  

Limit the amount of visual stimulation in a room  

  • Try to keep the posters, banners, and photos in a room to a minimum 

Avoid use of strong fragrances in the room  

  • Make your room “scent sensitive” and ask visitors not to wear products with strong fragrances while visiting.  

Signs of Over-Stimulation 

  • Restlessness 
  • Stiffening of muscles  
  • Grimacing facial expressions  
  • Agitation or anger  
  • Cognitive confusion  
  • Fidgeting  

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