Incoming sunlight (large windows)


Recommendation 77
Position windows strategically against prolonged, bright and / or low sun

 Chapter (theme)
Architectural spaces (light and sight)

Because of
sensory oversensitivity to light

In order to
avoid exposure to direct and indirect sunlight when it is experienced as unbearable.

There is no consensus about the pros and cons of sunlight for students with autism. The challenge is to solve the dilemma that natural light can generally be viewed as very beneficial, while many on the spectrum suffer enormously from direct and indirect (i.e. reflected) sunlight. The most radical solution is to avoid incoming sunlight altogether: recommendation 79. If one decides against this solution the danger becomes that autistic students will shield themselves from daylight to a degree that they receive insufficient day light: recommendation 80. This recommendation offers a few tips in cases in which schools are exposed to incoming sunlight.

Glass can be applied with a limited sunlight permeability.
Additionally, in schools which already have large glass windows, blinds may be considered, which should be silent instead of rustling or flapping.
When a school is exposed to direct sunligt, extra care has to be given to glare and solar gain.
Windows facing the sun are not problematical under all conditions, such as when trees obstruct incoming sunlight.


Henry writes there are experts who dispute this holds for people with autism.