Are Sensory Friendly Cities in our Future?
In Denver, Colorado at the Lone Tree Arts Center on June 16, 2015 their was the first ever, Sensory Friendly Summit. Hosting 50 organizations and 80 participants. The STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research Center) joined the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation (SPDF) to prepare Denver to be the FIRST city in the country to be the most Sensory friendly to people with these challenges= us. If it’s successful, the hope is that other cities will follow.
What changes this entails is not yet publicly shared. Which means if you or someone you care a lot about or work for. Would benefit from this (Or would if your area also did it) NOW is the time to speak up and contact the Movements leaders from the Lone Tree Arts Center or PHAMALY (For the Denver Area) or STAR or the SPDF area for the rest of the nation.
The SPDF and STAR Center this fall will be launching the first Sensory Friendly Certification nationwide for businesses and organizations joining in the movement. If you ask me. ( and there not :(. ) Scents and fragrances in places, as well as restaurant food quality, and many options for sensitive tummies should DEFIANTLY be encouraged. INCLUDING in hospitals. And enforced, for sensory friendly certification approval. If you could help this be focused on adults as well as children’s sensory needs. I’m certain far more then people with SPD, Autism, and Down Syndrome would be greatly positively effected and grateful. Think of all the extra business! People with MCS, autoimmune food issues, diabetics, ADHD, IBD, IBS, GF diets, and others would also come. Some who can’t now. Wouldn’t that be GREAT?!
First SPD live Summit in Denver! Scroll down the page slightly for the Sensory Processing Disorder’s Foundations July Newsletter.
I first learned about this via someone else’s post on a SPD Facebook group. Isn’t this exciting? SPD is going to hopefully be more widely accepted as a legit need. One that society will have to at least accept and somewhat understand.
We already have some plays and movies getting sensory friendly showings and performances. But, let’s expand the number offered. And increase the ways, and places, society should assist us. Who’s with me on this? Comment below if you are.