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Sensory Sensitivity Tools for Neurodiverse Audiences Now Available!

The Connecticut Museum of Culture and History is a popular destination for families. But sometimes a trip to the Museum can be a very overwhelming or even stressful experience for some children with sensory sensitivities, which are sometimes related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

To make the CMCH experience more accessible and enjoyable for these families, we now have sensory backpacks available. These sensory kits contain industry-approved tools that will help families navigate our museum.

“Neurodiverse audiences matter to us, and their experiences in the Museum are important.” Says Robert A. Kret, Executive Director and C.E.O. “In providing sensory bags, we continue to work towards inclusive experiences for all visitors. We look forward to receiving valuable feedback from the families who use these tools, to help us best ensure they fit their needs.”

Each bag includes fidget tools, sunglasses (both adult and child sizes), noise-reducing headphones (adjustable to fit adults and children), a social story that uses photos and words to help families know what to expect throughout their visit, and timers that help children set the pace during their visit.

Sensory bags are free resources and are available at the admissions desk. Guests who would like to check out a bag just need to request one upon purchasing their admission tickets. Upon their return, guests will be asked for feedback on the kits to make sure they are successfully meeting the needs of the family.

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