North Lincolnshire firm's revolutionary innovation to help people with autism and dyslexia

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 29 May 2018

A North Lincolnshire company has claimed a breakthrough in technology by launching the world’s first sensory mobile accessible support unit to help people with integration disabilities such as autism and dyslexia.

Called the Sensory Nook, the product is the result of a collaboration between the Crowle-based technology specialists AmbiSpace Ltd and the Bristol-based Do Company.

It aims to provide a refuge in busy environments by reducing noise and creating a sense of privacy without isolation.

The revolutionary innovation went on display for the first time last week at the Clerkenwell Design Week festival in London.

Kevin Wheatley, the managing director of AmbiSpace, said: "The opportunity to collaborate on producing a revolutionary new product was simply too good to miss.

"The team at AmbiSpace has been designing and producing innovative sensory products for the last 10 years. We are always looking for new ways to use technology to make the modern world more accessible, not just for people with disabilities but for everyone to be able to come together in shared experiences.

"The new Sensory Nook pod is so versatile it is going to ensure disability support can be provided exactly where and when it is needed making schools and public places accessible to all.

"From a quick email and a longer phone conservation with the Do Company, we discovered a kindred spirit and a positive approach.

"That has led to new technology to help people find a space that adapt to their personal needs in everyday places for fun leisure activities.

A diagram showing the Sensory Nook's features

"Sensory Nook could make the difference between someone with autism for example being able to join in with everyone else or being excluded from school and public events."

The nook is loaded with integrated equipment including an interactive infinity tunnel, LED light tube and fibre optic tails and carpet.

A mirror panel helps to make the space appear larger and the lilac-coloured vinyl-padded floor has a soothing effect for people on the autistic spectrum.

How does the Sensory Nook work?

The product aims to create a sense of privacy for users without leaving them feeling isolated.

It has a range of specialist equipment designed to positively influence the mood and behaviour of the occupants, working to calm or stimulate people with sensory integration disabilities such as autism and dyslexia.

It can also help people cope with challenging environments, reduce anxiety levels and in so doing, prevent challenging behaviour, resulting in less exclusion and much greater opportunity to access experiences most people take for granted.

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