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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Rock Hall Now Offers Sensory-Friendly Resources for Patrons on the Autism Spectrum

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 11:17 AM

  • Courtesy of KultureCity

Alabama Non-profit organization KultureCity, has made incredible strides for acceptance of those living on the Autism Spectrum, having provided inclusive resources for some of Cleveland's biggest venues. In 2017, KultureCity assisted Quicken Loans Arena in becoming the first NBA arena in the country to accommodate fans with autism, dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder and similar conditions.

These efforts caught the eye of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and beginning Aug. 24, the Rock Hall will offer sensory-friendly bags to better accommodate patrons with sensory sensitivities.

Any guests feeling overwhelmed by the Rock Hall's bright, flashy and loud environment can check out a sensory bags — at no cost — that include noise-dampening headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, weighted lap pads and other resources.

Thanks to assistance with KultureCity, the Rock Hall has also designated a few "quiet zones" throughout the museum, in addition to training staff to learn how to better interact and communicate with guests who have sensory sensitivities. The goal is to not silence out the historical music experience, but rather offer a less overwhelming experience so guests of all sensory sensitivity tolerance levels can experience and appreciate the music at their own pace.

In just 2018 alone, KultureCity has created sensory inclusive spaces in venues and for events all across the country, including the NFL Pro Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, 16 NBA arenas, five NFL stadiums, five NHL arenas and countless zoos, science centers and aquariums. Canal Park, home of the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, The Akron RubberDucks, has also been declared "sensory friendly," by KultureCity.

In addition to the Q and The Rock Hall, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History also offers 'Sensory Friendly Sundays' for children on the autism spectrum. 

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