A4LE Webinar Series


  Welcome to the A4LE Webinar Series, where we focus on the art and science of designing inspiring learning spaces. Join us to explore the latest trends, expert insights, and practical approaches that are reshaping the way we create educational environments. Get ready to ignite your creativity and reimagine the future of learning, one webinar at a time.

Designing for Special Education Inclusion Webinar   Register Now

Original Release Date: December 5, 2023

Learning disabilities and neuro diversities encompass a diverse spectrum of students, each with unique concerns. As we understand more about the benefits of inclusive design for special education, it’s clear that designing for the highest need benefits not only those with specific requirements but enriches the learning environment for everyone. Learn how to design for inclusive special education through a holistic approach, incorporating variety and flexibility in the classroom and beyond.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will learn the significance of inclusive design for special education and explain how it positively impacts the overall learning experience and wellbeing of all students.
  2. Participants will learn the importance of designing a building holistically and how incorporating inclusive design from the largest site level to the small details benefits special education student safety and cognitive function.
  3. Participants will learn how to incorporate inclusive design for special education at the overall site and building level, and understand how it aids in the routines and processes necessary for special education student welfare.
  4. Participants will learn how to incorporate inclusive design for special education at the interior building and classroom level, and understand how incorporating flexibility, variety, and sensory transitions into spaces aids in creating a comfortable, healthy, and successful environment for all students and educators.

Ann Vacek

  Ann Vacek
A lifelong learner herself, Ann joined NAC with a passion for educational facility design and planning. She is an extremely organized and responsive architect who is always thinking of the user’s and client’s needs. Ann’s experience ranges from large district and campus master plans to small renovations and additions—a versatility that allows her to see a plan through at various scales and solve a multitude of design and technical challenges with attention to detail.
Philip Riedel

  Philip Riedel
Philip is the PK-12 Practice Leader for NAC Architecture, the Pacific Northwest Director on the International Board of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), and a member of A4LE’s international Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. These roles keep Philip updated on current best practices and examples of local, national, and international educational facilities.
Dr. Brian Lowney

  Dr. Brian Lowney
As an experienced educator with over two decades in teaching, coaching, and administration, Brian emphasized the importance of de-escalation training over restraining students and avoiding segregating special education students. His insights emphasize the importance of inclusive spaces that promote belonging and dignity for all students, regardless of their individual needs or abilities.
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