Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum to make all programs sensory friendly

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- The Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum is making all of the programs and events they offer sensory inclusive.

These accommodations will make the museum more accessible and enjoyable for those with autism, dementia, PTSD and other development disabilities.

The museum has partnered with KultureCity, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating environments inclusive for all people with sensory needs. Part of the partnership includes a certification process.

The staff at Discovery Gateway will be trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. The museum will be equipped with sensory bags. Inside there will be noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, and verbal cue cards. 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. “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,” a pres release said. This certification will accommodate those needs.

For additional information, please call the museum at (801) 456-5437, or visit DiscoveryGateway.org.

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