Staff members of the new A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, the first autism research organization focused on a public health science approach, tour their future office space.
“We’re going to need an autism-friendly building.”
Dr. Jennifer Plumb, a clinical social worker, made this comment mid-way through a tour of the future home of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute on Market Street in University City, Philadelphia.
I had the opportunity to join Plumb, who just began working at the Institute this month as its Outreach Core Director, and several other Institute staff, for a walkthrough of the future space before construction begins next week. (They currently work out of a temporary office in Center City.)
Right now the space leaves a lot to the imagination – a broad concrete floor, exposed ducts, and nothing breaking up the space except a lot of support pillars.
Lindsay Lawer, the Institute’s senior manager, had been…
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