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Kelberman Center’s Individual Residence Alternative


Chittenango, NY


6,500 sf

Kelberman Center’s Individual Residence Alternative (IRA) provides a permanent home for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who are transitioning from home or school into independent living. Sited in a secluded wooded location with walking paths and gardens, the facility promotes independence with simple circulation.  While fully supervised, the building offers a non-institutional environment with architectural vocabulary consistent with the rural community.

The residence is configured as a duplex (with two, four-bedroom units) housing a total of eight persons with clear sight lines for appropriate staff support in managing daily living. Interior design components were selected for resident safety, sense of security, and durability while maintaining a homelike atmosphere. Minimizing over-stimulation is an important component respecting ASD sensory issues with quality lighting, acoustical separation, and avoiding intense patterns or textures. A variety of spaces allow for differing social engagement, ranging from video games to quiet isolation.

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