Category: Autism

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…



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…



The Aragon Ballroom – Chicago

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Inside Aragon Ballroom

The Aragon Ballroom is a beautiful venue in North Chicago that holds 5,000 people.  It holds a variety of events from smaller bands to occasional big acts lie the 1975 and Twenty one Pilots this year for 2019’s The Nights We Stole Christmas Event held by WKQX 101.1 FM. This venue looks fairly ordinary from…



The Nights We Stole Christmas – Chicago

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A poster for the concert The Nights we Stole Christmas with a green background and a Snowman

We are so excited to be in Chicago to support 101.1 WKQX’s The Nights We Stole Christmas at the Aragon Ballroom! We will be helping create accessibility for Autistic/SPD Individuals by lending out noise reducing headphones and will have earplugs and fidgets to hand out so that you can enjoy the show safely. If you have…



Jon Bellion at WaMu in Seattle

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Jon Bellion is one of those performers that you just feel in every part of your body. He exudes so much joy on stage, you can’t help but feel that joy right along with him.  Last week at the WaMu Theatre in Seattle the entire audience felt electric as Jon created new beats on the…



KidsQuest Low Sensory Event – Sept. 16th

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Room with train table and train set. Walls are painted with a mural of mountains and downtown skyline.

  Sensory Access is excited to be a part of KidQuest’s Low Sensory Event on Sunday, Sept. 19th! We will have our own sensory friendly activity station and hope to see you there! Pre-Registration is encouraged. Get tickets here! In 2015 KidsQuest started doing Low Sensory Evenings to become more accessible to the whole community.…