(Canton, Ohio) – The Hall is launching the Sensory Inclusive Experience for guests.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is collaborating with KultureCity, an organization that works with venues to create acceptance and inclusion for all individuals with unique abilities, to make the Museum sensory inclusive. The collaboration represents the Hall’s ongoing transformation and commitment to promoting an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and fans who visit the Museum.
“In aligning with its important purpose to help EVERY fan experience a Hall of Fame Life by creating ‘The Most Inspiring Place on Earth,’ the Pro Football Hall of Fame Hall is excited to be a place where ALL fans feel welcomed and are able to learn more about this great Game in a sensory inclusive environment,” shared Hall of Fame Vice President of Museum/Exhibit Services Saleem Choudhry.
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 12, guests who feel overwhelmed by the environment will be able to request sensory bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads during their visit. The sensory bags will be available to all guests at the Hall’s Guest Services Office free of charge. Guests will also be able to have use of a dedicated quiet zone for those who may need a calmer and more secure environment.
The certification process required the Hall of Fame staff to be trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize and accommodate guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to overstimulation and noise, which is typical of an environment in a museum like the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With its new certification, the Hall of Fame is better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.
“To know that you soon will be able to see families attend a world-class attraction like the Pro Football Hall of Fame 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 Hall of Fame is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing,” Tiki Barber, Board Member, KultureCity.
KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs; not just those with Autism. In the past year alone, KultureCity has created several sensory inclusive venues and events including the NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, 16 NBA arenas, 5 NFL stadiums, 5 NHL arenas, and countless zoos, science centers and aquariums across the nation.