Sensory Initiative

The sensory friendly initiative also known as the sensory movement allows individuals with autism and other sensory needs the ability to see and experience all the things the world has to offer, without being overwhelmed by everything going on around them.

Places can overstimulate

Going to the park is no picnic for individuals with autism. Spaces like these can often be painful or overwhelming.

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The sensory friendly initiative (the blue movement) was born out of the desire for us to help businesses and community organizations better understand the needs of these individuals.You see, individuals with autism have difficulty processing sensory stimuli within their home and community environments, directly affecting their ability to participate in community activities. Many families avoid community outings such as shopping, going to the movies, the park, or taking their children on field trips because of this issue. You can change that!

For some children, the sound of leaves blowing outside the window may cause them to get sick or hide under the table. They may scream when touched. They may recoil from the textures of certain foods.

Others seem oblivious to anything around them. They may fail to respond to extreme heat or cold or even pain.They are often anxious and do not handle change well. They may frequently throw tantrums or have meltdowns not because of bad behavior but instead due to this difficulty in understanding the world.

You can make this world a better place for All children. Take the initiative and join the blue movement today.

With proper staff training and modifications, we feel that our society can make a great impact on the lives of these families. We have developed an evidence-based sensory training program to help increase the knowledge base of our community partners.

This curriculum was developed by physicians, occupational, speech and ABA therapists in hopes to expand community acceptance throughout the United States. The training includes initial assessment, access to the training program, modification recommendations, and yearly follow-up to ensure that all organizational needs are being met. Each organization is given the tools to help reach this population and by doing this successfully, they become trailblazers in their field.

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Sensory friendly places in Birmingham, Alabama

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Birmingham Zoo

The Birmingham Zoo partnered with KultureCity to develop the Sensory Friendly Zoo Initiative to improve their abilities to serve visitors diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorders and related disabilities. As a result, the Zoo was designated a “sensory friendly facility” in 2015.

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McWane Science Center

The Science Center partnered with us in 2016 to become a sensory friendly facility. This enabled visitors with sensory processing problems to enjoy this beautiful facility as well.

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UAB Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center

The center has hosted numerous sensory friendly performance and took the leap to become a sensory friendly facility in 2015.

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Post Office Pies

Post office Pies was the first location to embrace this concept. Owners Brandon Cain and John Hall had a passion to make their restaurant welcoming to all individuals regardless of their diagnoses.

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Sensory Friendly Tees

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