“Can you imagine how beneficial the pool will be for our students,” said Program Director Laura MacHolmes.
Just as important as adequate space and meeting students’ medical needs is providing adequate sensory stimulation. For that reason, the entrance has an interactive projection and visual display system (similar to the one found on the floor of the Henry Doorly Zoo’s Aquarium), as you enter the front doors. Ceilings are covered and left exposed to provide a visual contrast, windows instead of walls surround the school’s IT panel, colors and patterns on classroom walls, floors and storage areas keep eyes naturally flowing from one feature to the next. Students also have a new multisensory room filled with tables and other interactive equipment and nooks strategically located around the school, which are ideal for one-to-one interactions between students as they navigate the halls.
Since students attend J.P. Lord from five to 21 years of age, every age group was taken into consideration by the design team.
“This building truly is one-of-a-kind,” said MacHolmes. “We are very fortunate to have this facility and have already received requests from parents outside of Nebraska for their student to attend. We are becoming known across the country.”
J.P. Lord’s first student day will be May 7. It will be dedicated on Saturday Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. The community is welcome to attend the dedication and tour the building.