I have recently seen an increase in public venues offering Sensory Friendly days or a specific space at that venue. For example, in January 2017, it was announced that the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando would offer noise cancelling headphones, squeeze toys and a safe room as an option for those with sensory difficulties.
On April 15th, the Dallas Zoo will hold a Sensory Friendly Day and on the first Sunday of every month Chuck E. Cheese will be open from 9AM-11AM for Sensory Sensitive Sundays which will include reduced lighting and noise.
The St. Louis Aquarium will be the first to be built with Sensory Inclusion in mind. They will offer quiet spaces and they understand that aquariums tend to be very overwhelming for those with sensory issues. The aquarium opens during the Summer of 2019. Click here for more information.
Certain AMC Theater locations offer Sensory Friendly times for moviegoers. Taken from the AMC website:
AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.
These are just a few examples of sensory friendly spaces popping up. The more education companies and venues have, the more inclusive they can become.