Sensory Made Inclusive Leisure Environment (SMILE)
About this Project
Drawing on international experience and research, the SMILE project looks at the benefits of developing a community-housed multi-sensory environment (MSE) at the Horsley Community Centre in the Illawarra. This project also fosters the involvement of people with disabilities, their carers, families and disability services to assist in the development and design of the space to best meet the needs of the whole whole community.
A MSE provides a safe, non-threatening environment for people with cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments to engage in a range of sensory experiences. The experiences provided by a MSE can both calm and stimulate the primary senses using sensory-based materials such as fibre optics sprays, bubble tubes, music, colour, lighting and aroma.
Meet the Researchers
This project brings together from diverse backgrounds in Social Sciences, Business, Engineering, Health and external agencies.
Rose Dixon is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education in the Faculty of Social Sciences
Dr Sim Lau is a Senior lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Dr Andrea Garner is in the School of Education in the Faculty of Social Sciences
Dr Pippa Burns is a lecturer in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Allison Cameron is a PhD student in the School of Education in the Faculty of Social Sciences
Michael Szafraniec is the Operations Manager at CareWays Community
Carly Pascoe is the Community Development officer at CareWays Community
Photo: (right to left) Rose Dixon, Pippa Burns, Carly Pascoe, and Michael Szafraniec.