RMSC hosts sensory-friendly event for people with autism and other conditions

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Rochester Museum & Science Center hosted a special event, Sensory Sunday.

It was an opportunity for people of all ages with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, or other developmental conditions, to access a more sensory-friendly experience. It featured dimmed lighting of fluorescent bulbs, social stories emailed ahead of time, designated quiet areas, and sensory-friendly activities. 

“We really wanted to make sure that there was some time dedicated to people who are neurodivergent or on the autism spectrum who might normally feel overwhelmed or have sensory challenges when visiting the museum on a crowded weekend day,” said Eron Damercy, a school teacher and program coordinator.

Activities included a digital microscope, KEVA building stations, blue blocks, and 3D printing demonstrations. Adaptive equipment was provided (earmuffs, fidget toys and/or stress toys, social stories, and KultureCity Sensory Bags).