While Northeast Ohio has many family-fun places to visit in the winter, some families still face the challenge of finding sensory-friendly venues to visit with their loved ones who have autism. Luckily, many popular attractions in the area are now considering the ways in which they can be more inclusive to all visitors. Below are a few larger attractions now providing fantastic accommodations for individuals with sensory processing issues.
Not only is Quicken Loans Arena home of our NBA Champions, but it also houses “The Quiet Space,” a sensory room used to accommodate guests with sensory processing needs. A sensory room is available at all events that take place at the Q. Guests can also check out (at no cost by leaving an ID) weighted lap pads and sensory bags, which contain fidget toys, noise-cancelling headphones and other helpful items at the Guest Services Booths. Use this social story to prepare your loved one for an exciting visit to the arena. And for more information on their sensory sensitivity accommodations, contact Jenn Franz at JFranz@cavs.com. (Source –The Quicken Loans Arena)
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland (CMC) and Monarch Center for Autism’s Welcoming Spaces Program have joined together to develop customized visual, social, communicative, sensory, and behavioral supports that can be found throughout the museum. Some resources that the museum offers include call-ahead accommodations, social narratives, visual schedules, visual/sensory maps, tool kits and video models. The museum also has a sensory-friendly room equipped with special lighting, classical music, liquid tile mats, a tactile wall and more! (Source –The Children’s Museum of Cleveland)
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