APA Brentwood Is Certified Sensory Inclusive, APA Olivette to Follow
KultureCity has partnered with APA to make the APA Brentwood Adoption Center and all of the programs and events that the venue hosts to be sensory inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and fans with a sensory issue that visits APA Brentwood. We are excited to incorporate the new initiative at APA Olivette this summer.
The certification process entailed the staff at APA being trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests and fans with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads will also be available to all guests at the APA Brentwood who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions (1 in 6 individuals). One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in a venue like APA. With its new certification, APA is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when visiting.
Prior to attending an event, families can download the free KultureCity App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them. Also, on the App is the Social Story which will provide a preview of what to expect while visiting APA Brentwood.
“Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that the APA is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing. We’re honored to partner with APA to provide a truly inclusive experience for all fans and guests!” Uma Srivastava, Executive Director, KultureCity.