FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – KultureCity has partnered with Riverfront Fort Wayne to make Promenade Park and all of the programs and events the venue hosts inclusive sensory events.
This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and fans with sensory issues who visit Riverfront Fort Wayne.
The certification process involved Riverfront Fort Wayne staff being trained by leading healthcare professionals on how to recognize guests and fans with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget accessories, verbal cue cards and weighted floor mats will also be available for any Promenade Park guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.
The City of Fort Wayne released the following:
Sensory sensitivities or problems with sensory regulation are often experienced by people with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions (1 in 6 people). One of the main obstacles for these people is sensitivity to overstimulation and noise, which are a huge part of the environment in a place like Promenade Park. With its new certification, Riverfront Fort Wayne is now better prepared to help guests with sensory sensitivities have the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when attending an event at Promenade Park.
Before attending an event, families can download the free KultureCity app where the sensory features available can be seen and where they can access them. Additionally, on the app is the social story which will provide insight into what to expect while enjoying an event at Promenade Park.
“Our communities are what shape our lives. Knowing that Riverfront Fort Wayne is willing to go the extra mile to ensure everyone, regardless of ability, is included in its community is amazing. We are honored to partner with Riverfront Fort Wayne to provide a truly inclusive experience for all fans and guests! said Uma Srivastava, executive director of KultureCity.
KultureCity is a leading non-profit organization nationally recognized for using its resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for people with sensory needs, not just people with autism. Since the program’s inception, KultureCity has created over 1,000 inclusive sensory venues in 6 countries: this includes special events such as the NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, MLB World Series and MLB All Star Weekend. KultureCity has won numerous awards for its efforts, including the 2017 NASCAR Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and the 2018 Clio Sports Silver for Social Good in partnership with Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Quiet Space Sensory Room at Quicken Loans Arena was a finalist for the 2018 Stadium Business Award, KultureCity was named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019 and 2020 by FastCompany and recently won the award of Industry Partner in TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Awards 2019.