Duke Energy Center now certified 'sensory inclusive'
The new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and fans with a sensory issue who attend a performance.Posted — Updated
At the Duke Energy Center in downtown Raleigh, the new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and fans with a sensory issue who attend a performance, according to a press release.
To become certified, medical professionals trained Duke Energy Center staff on how to recognize guests and fans with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation, the release said. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones provided by Puro Sound Labs, fidget tools, and verbal cue cards will also be available to all guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.
Sensory sensitivities are common among those on the autism spectrum. But people with dementia, PTSD and other conditions also can suffer from it, making it difficult to attend live shows with big crowds, loud noises and lighting changes.
“To know that you soon will be able to see families attend a performance, a true community binding experience, 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 Duke Energy Center 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, KultureCity's co-founder, in the press release.
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