Discovery Gateway Certified Sensory-Inclusive By KultureCity

KultureCity, a non-profit organization dedicated to effecting change in the community for those with sensory needs, has partnered withDiscovery Gateway Children's Museum to make all of the programs and events that the museum hosts to be sensory inclusive. This partnership will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with a sensory issue visiting the museum.

The certification process entailed the staff at Discovery Gateway being trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will also be available to all guests at the museum who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. Families also have access to a dedicated sensory room for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment.

Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which is a part of the environment in a venue like Discovery Gateway Children's Museum. With its new certification, Discovery Gateway is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when visiting the museum.

"Our communities are what shape our lives and to know that Discovery Gateway Children's Museum is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing." Traci Johnson, Executive Director, KultureCity. "This partnership embodies our mission to inspire children of all ages and abilities and builds on and expands our work to be inclusive of the whole community", Laurie Hopkins, Executive Director, Discovery Gateway Children's Museum.

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