The Behavior Exchange has multiple locations across North Texas and Boulder, Colorado. Our experts are always on the lookout for local events with special accommodations (dimmed lights, lowered volume, etc.) that can be enjoyed by those on the autism spectrum and with other developmental delays.
The school year is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the last bits of summer with some sensory-friendly events happening in your community!
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
“Sensory Friendly Day is an exclusive time at Plano pools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to have a fun, interactive learning experience in a comfortable environment. Cost is regular admission and participants are welcome to stay once the pool opens to the public.”
“Mellow Monday is our special program for families of children, teenagers, and young adults who are neurodiverse, autistic, or have other sensory processing disorders or cognitive disabilities. From 1:00-4:00pm on Mellow Monday, guests can view our current exhibition in limited sunlight, with no music or pre-recorded sound, and with no illuminated digital screens. The Arlington Museum of Art is ordinarily closed to the public on Mondays, allowing families who attend Mellow Monday to view our exhibition in a low stimulation environment.”
“Our mission is to bring dance to children with disabilities and their peers. We pledge to never turn away a student, but work to make dance possible for them. ADEPT brings quality dance education into schools, therapy centers, and homes, and travels to various studios to offer integrated, accessible adaptive dance classes.”
“This FREE guided nature walk for members of the Special Needs community will take place along the wide and level crushed-granite surface of the Cottonwood trail. We may see signs of deer, coyote, or bobcat, and maybe even see an armadillo during this mile long hike!”
“Join us for Sensory Friendly Playtime, a special Museum program for children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders. WOW! will limit capacity, turn down sounds and lights, and provide adaptive equipment to offer a safe and fun experience for all!”
“Experience Denver Botanic Gardens without the crowds. This therapeutic horticulture program is intended to give individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less crowded environment a chance to experience the Gardens with limited attendance. Explore on your own and learn about other sensory-based programming that will inspire curiosity and awaken your senses, like our Sensory Processing and Autism Resource Kits.”
“This annual event provides an opportunity for sponsors and players to network with finance business leaders from all over the country while supporting the Adam’s Camp scholarship program. Meals, beverages, forecaddie, carts, and gratuity are included. Enjoy a round of golf while making camp possible for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Age 18 and up. Non-golfers may purchase tickets to attend the post-tournament reception and dinner.”
ReelAbilities: Denver Film Festival – August 24 – August 31
“Catch a film at ReelAbilities, the international festival dedicated to promoting and celebrating the authentic stories and creative works of people with disabilities. Accessibility efforts include open captions, audio descriptions, sign language interpretation, sliding scale ticketing, and virtual streaming options. See online for screening options.”