FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – AWS Foundation has partnered with the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Embassy Theatre, Arts United and the Fort Wayne TinCaps to provide sensory-friendly kits at events.
The kits are designed to support individuals with sensory needs, and are available to people of all ages.
Beginning April 1, individuals can check out the kits at guest services. The kits contain noise-reducing headphones, several small fidget items, a communications deck, identification wristband, a weighted comfort item and sanitizing wipes.
Each item was chosen to answer needs identified by individuals and families when attending an event in a public venue.
AWS Foundation hopes the kits and participation will spread to other venues throughout the area.
“In celebration of AWS Foundation’s 10th Anniversary, we have developed these sensory-friendly kits to advance efforts to be a fully inclusive community,” said Patti Hays, CEO of AWS Foundation, in a press release. “While each partner venue is ‘ADA Compliant’ it’s important to recognize that many disabilities do not affect physical access or mobility. To be inclusive and fully accessible, adaptive tools to support sensory needs are necessary.”