GREENVILLE, TX – KultureCity has partnered with the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library to make the Library, and all of its programs and events, sensory inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all patrons and visitors with a sensory issue that come to the Library.
The certification process entailed the staff at the Library being trained, by leading medical professionals, on how to recognize patrons 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 (produced in conjunction with Boardmaker), and weighted lap pads will also be available to all guests at the Library who may feel overwhelmed by
the environment. These patrons will also be able to have use of designated Quiet Areas for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD, and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which at particular times can be an enormous part of the environment in a venue like the Library. With its new certification, the Library is now better prepared to assist patrons with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when attending Library events or making use of Library services.
Prior to visiting the Library, 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 coming to the Library.
“To know that you soon will be able to see families come the Library to read, make use of its services, or attend an event – true community binding experiences – with their loved ones who have a sensory challenge and who were not able to previously attend, is truly a heartwarming moment. Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that the Library is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing,” said Dr. Julian Maha, Co-Founder, KultureCity.
KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs; not just those with Autism. Since the program’s inception, KultureCity has created over 350 sensory inclusive venues in 4 countries; this includes special events such as: NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, MLB All Star Weekend.
KultureCity has won many awards for its efforts: NASCAR Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award in 2017, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Quiet Space Sensory Room at Quicken Loans Arena was a finalist for the 2018 Stadium Business Award, and the 2018 Clio Sports Silver for social good in partnership with Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena. Recently, KultureCity was awarded one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019 by FastCompany.