Did you know that the Flynn Center for Performing Arts“works with 75 human and social service agencies to provide discounted tickets for their clients, host 38,000 studies who attend student matinees (7,300 attend free), and provide $30,000 in scholarships so everyone can participate in ongoing classes and camps”? Amazing! However, the Flynn also goes above and beyond by providing “Autism & Sensory Friendly” accommodations!
This is what they say on their website: “The Flynn Center has been working diligently to break down barriers for audience members with disabilities, with a particular focus on those with sensory-sensitivities. Some students can find the break in routine caused by coming to a matinee to be very challenging and even upsetting. With the help of a local Special Educator, the Flynn has put together a “Flynn Social Story” to share with your students who may benefit from a little extra preparation for the trip. Please contact me if you would like a copy via email. Also, please know that while at the Flynn, the staff and volunteers can find you quiet break spaces, provide fidgets, weighted blankets, sunglasses and noise-reducing headphones and other materials that may make students with sensory challenges more comfortable or grounded. Please let us know if we can help in any way! When possible, we can also do pre-show tours with a students if that will help them acclimate to the space prior to the show”.
I have been to several “Sensory Friendly”shows and was amazed with the accommodations that were offered. I also was very impressed with all the staff members. They were respectful, friendly, flexible, and very accommodating to any request. The environment was so “sensory friendly” that we were able to fully enjoy the shows.
Coming up in October is an amazing performance that provides an interactive theatrical experience with live music and sensory moments created specifically for young people on the autism spectrum. Red Kite Treasure Adventure is a performance you will not want to miss!
Check it out: Red Kit Treasure Adventure