When you see the Sensory-Friendly access symbol, you know that the event or performance is specially designed and adapted for individuals with Sensory Processing and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs is delighted to support inclusive arts experiences through its All Kids Included initiative that offer all families the opportunity to attend live cultural events together!
Here’s what you can expect at a Sensory- Friendly event:
- Going to the Show and Going to the Museum pre-visit guides
- Modifications to sound and lighting levels
- Accepting and inclusive environment
- Noise-reducing headsets
- “Quiet room”
- Knowledgeable specialists on hand to assist
- Remote viewing of the mainstage performance, and/or other accommodations may be available per venue
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About The Sensory-Friendly Access Symbol
Whenever you see the Sensory-Friendly symbol, you know that the event or performance is specially designed and adapted for individuals with Sensory Processing and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The Sensory-Friendly symbol features an umbrella to represent all Sensory Processing Disorders as well as inclusiveness, and integrates puzzle pieces to symbolize Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The symbol is intended to be used in marketing and promotional materials in the same way as other standard access symbols, such as the wheelchair or American Sign Language (ASL) access symbols.
Using the Sensory-Friendly symbol to promote a cultural event or performance indicates that the advertised program will provide accessible accommodations and appropriate modifications for individuals with Sensory Processing and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). These include a pre-show / pre-visit guide to preparing audiences and visitors, an accepting and inclusive environment, adjustments to sound and lighting levels, noise cancelling headsets, and a “quiet room” where individuals can take a break if needed. Other accommodations may include specialists on hand to assist patrons and remote viewing of the main stage performance.
The Sensory-Friendly access symbol was developed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs in 2012 as part of its "All Kids Included – Accessible Arts Experiences for Kids" (AKI) initiative and in coordination with the release of the Going to the Show guide to preparing new audiences for a live performing arts experience. In addition to the Sensory-Friendly symbol, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs created a set of best-practice guidelines for cultural organizations on how to produce and market Sensory-Friendly cultural events.
For information and to learn more about how cultural organizations can present a Sensory-Friendly cultural event or performance, call the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs at (305) 375-4634.
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