Autism Acceptance

Sunshine, Summertime, and Sensory-Friendly Fun

Summertime typically means more time with the kids in your life. In honor of April being Autism Acceptance Month, we’re sharing some fun places and spaces for kids and adults with autism spectrum disorder.

#BetterTogether is brought to you by the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Many local parks and attractions have designated spaces or tools for people with autism spectrum disorder or sensory processing difficulties. Amusement parks, zoos, and sports arenas can be loud or crowded. These places offer adaptations specifically geared toward those who find overwhelming spaces difficult.

Akron Zoo

The zoo offers free sensory bags, which include headphones, sunglasses, and fidget toys. They also provide five quiet zones for guests to visit when they need a break. Additionally, they now train staff and volunteers to aid guests with autism spectrum disorder.

Quicken Loans Arena

All events hosted at The Q have an available “Quiet Space” for attendees who have sensory processing needs. You can also rent (free of charge) weighted lap pads and sensory bags.

Playhouse Square

The Cleveland theater offers sensory-friendly shows throughout the year that include:

  • House lights left on low
  • Freedom for guests to talk
  • Quieter sounds and music
  • Calm areas

Local Autism Resources

Locally, the Lacey PAC offers adaptive movement classes and plans to expand more this summer!

Other fun locations in and around Ohio include local campsites, HersheyPark, Sesame Place, Great Wolf Lodge, and King’s Island! Planning a fun trip with your family this summer is a little less stressful when you know the places and people with whom your loved ones will interact will have comfort and safety in mind.

Additionally, you can visit for more information about summertime safety.

The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (TuscBDD) has resources for children and adults with developmental disabilities. TuscBDD provides Early Intervention for children birth to three years old, Service and Support Administration for people of all ages, family support services, family mentorship, and more! To learn more about these services, visit the TuscBDD website at

Audrey Mattevi

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