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.

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National Autism Conference in Florida

Nov 13-16 th. This yr, (VERY SOON) there will be a National Autism Conference, mainly for parents, professionals, and maybe a few disability advocates- in Pete Beach, Florida! In that order of attendee focus. Bolded wording starts here- However, I believe it could also be helpful for some parents and professionals who help those with ADHD, PDD, PSD, the new social communication disorder, and possibly for parents with children with Roscia, or severe digestion issues. Including parents of kids with MCS. Partly, as inspiration. Folks attending for help on any of the bolded words do, need to very carefully select what they attend however. However, as far as ASD conferences go, (And I’ve now attended atleast a dozen) most offline. I strongly feel, it is, mostly geared for professionals and parents working with people classified, or who fit (Possibly not diagnosed) within the entire range of ASD. Bold ended at the previous ASD. Thier also was (And will be for conferences after this one) a limited number of single scholarships available mainly for desperately needed, parents.

It will be held at what claims to be a unique resort, where the staff is not only geared towards a family atmosphere. But also, have some autism training and awareness behind them as well! They say there an autism friendly resort. They even offer GF food options, at atleast one of there restaurants! I hope, it’s not GF sweets and junk food! Our community has way to much of that already. It’s pet friendly, both of which, could be GREAT for your ASD child and possibly your pocketbook too! I’m sure, babysitting services won’t be cheap, but, in that case, there’s actually hope, it might actually be good! How awesome would that be!? Have you seen the room variety or resort activity options?! I have! Check the last URL on the website obtained from the last link below.

The resort looks and sounds very impressive!

The conference itself, (without) lodging, food, and travel expenses is fairly cheap for what it is. About 100$ -$200 per person. (A professional US conference on a weekend normally is 250-600 per attendee. The reason I would say this one is possibly cheaper is,

1. Because the speakers are mainly functional medicine experts (Not doctors, or traditionally trained professionals.) this year, the biggest two, are Julie Matthew’s and Temple Grandin, who is the key note. Atleast a couple of the speakers are parents of autistic children. Atleast two of the speaker’s are on the spectrum. Julie (Not Julie Matthew’s, and Temple Grandin). See the speaker URL below.

2. It’s ran buy a National Autism Organization which probably has a nice pool of money coming in annually. Not to mention the cost of their Sponsors coming in. Some of which is from large corporations and companies.

3. It’s in a cheaper part of the country.

4. I’m guessing (Like an educated guess) but, it sounds like it’s held there annually. Why else would the resort be autism trained? An autism summer camp attends it? Less likely, but, I guess possible.

5. It’s geared towards parents a lot (Professionals, have there business, cover atleast part of it’s admission often).

6. It’s 3 days and they realize missing work is more likely, so they want to encourage attendance.

7. The recession. This one would be last, except it isn’t, because of why I needed 8 to be last.

Number reason 8 Is at the very bottom of this post. Buy the way, coming up with these 8 reasons was a piece of cake for me. The execution. And wording of it. Is a different story.

If you look at many of the topics addressed, you will see sensory issues, and environmental toxicity, as main topics. Did you notice the resort even has a Sensory Room for children? Who would of expected that!? This and it’s functional medicine slant, is all why I’m posting about it on this blog. The number one reason in my mind to go to something like this isn’t, to go broke, add more stress to your life, or honestly even too learn more info. (Although, you SHOULD learn more info.) it’s for networking. It’s too in grave that support exists, others have similiar challenges, to inspire, and to give you hope! Why do you think Temple, is so often the Keynote Speaker for them?

I can, do, and or will connect you already (Or hope to, provide you accept it) all these things to some degree. However, having it live, can take it to a whole new level for you. Especially, as a parent.

I recognize my wording is typically (NT) wrong in how I describe the resort. I in no way mean to degrade the resort or any of their employees. I applaud any positive efforts on there part. And I love that they have microwaves and refrigerators in atleast many of there rooms. However, some of my audience easily, directly, and succinctly for me, need the truth. And that is the best way, I know how to communicate it. Also, I recognize first hand, not only with my own issues. But, being in situations ect, with others with ASD. How challenging accomodating, and working with people with PSD, ASD, and other issues like it, can be. I know, especially working at a resort. How that magnifies even more, those challenges. Because, unless the resort staff literally, monthly, has several ASD visitors to deal with, and there parents, ect. (And I’d be shocked if that was the case) It’s impossible, for them all to be experts on caring for your children. Unless, of course they all excelled first at teaching kids of all ages in an ASD/ADHD exclusive setting. Like in a school for sp. needs students with these conditions. I get, leaving your child with a stranger. Esp. In a NEW territory for you AND that child is very hard. And possibly scary. And I KNOW, how hard, change, can be on the ASD individual, as well.

Buy the way, I should mention (I think,) since I know some would care. And it will teach you the tone of the conference too. Number 8 (From above) is, Autism Speaks backs and helps support this conference, and likely the organization as well.

http://nac.nationalautismassociation.org

http://nac.nationalautismassociation.org/speakers/speaker-bios/ This is my fav., conference detail page.

http://nac.nationalautismassociation.org/accommodations/autism-friendly If you have children, or want to check out the resort, in depth, after reading this brief page. Click on the Trade winds link at the bottom the page.

This aimed to be smaller font- I know, this is last second. And I can’t do anything about that. But, like I said in atleast 1 other post. These organizations 1 a yr, or more, have similiarly focused conferences, (Atleast in America, and likely in the UK, Europe, and Canada too). I’m not posting about them every time. This might be my only year I post about the National Autism Societies Conference.
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