About Sensory-Friendly Programming
Why might a trip to the theater be difficult for autistic individuals or persons with other sensory challenges?
Whether especially sensitive to lights, smells or sounds, or constantly seeking opportunities to increase sensory information by touching objects, stomping feet or clapping hands, for those affected, a traditional theater experience can be overwhelming.
What makes a performance sensory-friendly?
- Lower sound levels, especially for startling or loud sounds
- Guests are free to talk, leave their seats and move freely during the performance
- House lights in the theater are left on low throughout the performance
- Designated calming areas staffed by volunteer specialists are available
- All are welcome in a judgment-free environment