Wednesday 6 July 2016

Upper Canada Village Introduces Sensory Friendly Sunday Mornings

Upper Canada Village has created a program for children with autism.  On Sunday mornings, the village will provide maps to visitors which will show areas for potential sensory overload (such as the sawmill), as well as 3 quiet zones for families to retreat.  The actors and staff will do a "toned-down" version of their usual routines to avoid overloading.  Children with autism will be identified by a special bracelet, which will allow staff to recognize them.

This sounds like a great inclusion to me (although having to get up early enough to take advantage of it may be a problem).  But it's a good effort and allows families a chance to get out in an accepting environment, which is not as easy or common as it should be.

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