Author: sensoryaccessforall

New Years Eve Survival Guide for the Sensory Sensitive

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A photo of red and gold fireworks against a black sky

New Years Eve can be a celebratory event, but for many autistic individuals and others with sensory processing differences, such as Down Syndrome, ADHD, SPD and Hyperacusis, fireworks can be downright painful. Individuals whose brains process sound more significantly (Hypersensitive) can feel anything from discomfort to pain from booming and high-pitched sounds – which fireworks…



Sensory Guide for George Balanchine’s Nutcracker

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A digital sign for PNB's Nutcracker with dancers in the background and a red seal

The Nutcracker is a Holiday favorite, one I used to take my children when they were younger to get them all excited for the Christmas Holidays.  Like so many other kids, mine had difficulty with the loud sounds -from the gunshots during the battle, to the cymbal crashes and high-pitched flutes.  I used to preview…



Sensory Rating Cards

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Photo of a pavilion with a suspended digital cube with an earth image

Sensory Rating Cards are a wonderful brief look at the Sensory aspects of an environment. Our Neurodiverse team at Sensory Access goes through an environment and audits the sensory impact of visual, auditory, olfactory, temperature, proprioceptive and tactile experiences.  This is always done in-person and often further reviewed via video by additional team members so…



Pacific Northwest Ballet Rep2: Beyond Ballet

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Two male dancers dressed in white slowly moving into the splits

  Everyone deserves to access live events – the magic of live theater or dance is a moving experience we should all be able to access. Dance is often overlooked as a sensory concern, but like any stage production, there are often acoustic and lighting impacts on those with sensory processing disabilities. This week we…



What the Pandemic should teach us about accessibility

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a photo of the audeince at a Twenty One Pilots show in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena

  I have been blessed in the last week to see live performances across three different cities and states. From a concert in an arena of 25,000 people in Columbus, Ohio, to an intimate club show in Atlanta, Georgia to beautiful ballet in Seattle, the words I heard echoed at each show was “Oh how…



Sensory Friendly versus Sensory Accessible

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A young boy with sensory headphones experiencing a rock concert in Milan, Italy.

  In the world of events, accessibility has only recently been part of the planning process, and even then, usually only mobility is at the forefront. Those with less visible disabilities, such as Autism, hearing differences or low vision are usually left out of the accessibility design process. However, as venues and events start broadening…



Sensory Recommendations for PAX West

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A photo of the crowd at PAX West in Seattle

PAX West is a generally loud and busy event, but some sensory tools can make it an amazing experience!  We brought our neurodiverse team, including an autistic teen, to PAX this year to fully review sensory accessibility at PaX west for those that are Autistic or have Sensory processing differences. Expo Hall The Expo Hall…



Online Holiday Events Guide

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Find some virtual holiday-themed events this December! We are updating our calendar with a wide variety of accessible online shows and events. Click here to view the calendar, or go to the international tab under our events section on our website. Reach out to us with any questions at contact@sensoryaccessforall.com