Autism-Friendly Theatres

Autism Society has teamed up with AMC Entertainment to provide the “Sensory Friendly Films Program” at participating theatres. This program is making it easy for families with children on the spectrum to go to the movies. The theatres are being called “sensory friendly” because they make the theatre experience enjoyable for those children suffering from sensory integration issues, a common characteristic of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The theatres are changing up the ordinary movie going experience, which can be very stressful for a child with sensory issues with the following features:

In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing”

Click here to find a Sensory Friendly Theater near you.
This collaboration is following in the footsteps of other chains, such as the Wyndham hotel in Austin, Texas which now offers special accommodations to families affected by Autism.

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