After Hours Experience Provides A Sensory Safe and Friendly Environment
“This Museum is dedicated to extraordinary learning in every way and we acknowledge not every person learns in the same manner,” said Van A. Romans, Museum President. “It is important to create the best learning environments we can for as many learners as possible. With changes to lighting and sound, we can make our environment more inviting to some and that’s what Sensory Aware Saturday is all about.”
Hosted by the Museum’s Research and Learning Center, Sensory Aware Saturday offers a comfortable, accepting atmosphere where parents are encouraged to connect with other families. Event activities will be facilitated by therapists and modifications at the Museum for the evening include:
- Adjustments to light and sound levels.
- Attendance limited to 600 guests.
- Quiet Room available at all times.
A new addition to Sensory Aware Saturday this year, the event will also feature a special Young Adult Mixer for those 18 and up with autism, social anxiety or sensory sensitivities. At the mixer, young adults will be able to experiment with chemistry, create a lava lamp, play technology games and more. Parents or caregivers can attend a concurrent presentation on promoting social relationships in autistic adults while their young adult is at the mixer.
Sensory Aware Saturday is sponsored by the generous employees of Lockheed Martin through AeroCARES. Sensory Aware Saturday is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Visit here to learn more.
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin AeroCARES in collaboration with Autism Speaks; Cook Children’s Child Study Center; Hope Center for Autism; Lake Pointe Academy; Palace of A.U.T.I.S.M.; Pediaplex; TCU Families, Autism, and Child Emotion (FACES) Lab; UNT Technology and Applied Research in Autism (TARA) Lab; and University of North Texas Health Science Center.
The Museum was established in 1941, is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. Anchored by its rich collections, the Museum is dedicated to lifelong learning. It engages guests through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the history of Texas and the Southwest. For more information, visit www.fortworthmuseum.org.