Adventure Science Center has collaborated with KultureCity and Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) in opening its EY Sensory Room, as well as installing an adult-sized changing table. In addition, the science center and all of the programs and events it hosts have been made sensory-inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with a sensory issue who visit Adventure Science Center.
The certification process entailed the staff at Adventure Science Center being trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will also be available to all guests at the science center who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. These guests will also be able to use a dedicated sensory room designed by medical professionals for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment.
“Adventure Science Center’s mission is to open every mind to the wonders of science and innovation, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us,” says Steve Hinkley, President & CEO of Adventure Science Center. “We are committed to providing an enriching and inclusive experience for all of our guests, and we are proud to provide a new space for visitors with sensory needs.”
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions (1 in 6 individuals). One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to overstimulation and noise, which are an enormous part of the environment in a venue like Adventure Science Center. With its new certification thanks to generous support from EY, the science center is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities to have the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible while visiting.
Prior to attending an event or visiting the science center, families can download the free KultureCity App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them. Also, the app includes a Social Story, which provides a preview of what to expect while enjoying a day or evening at Adventure Science Center.
EY employs approximately 575 people in the Nashville area and maintains a Neuro-Diverse Center of Excellence (NCoE) in Middle Tennessee. EY created the NCoE model after recognizing a need to drive growth for businesses by accessing the tremendous untapped talent of neurodivergent individuals.
On Monday, March 14, Adventure Science Center hosted a Ribbon Cutting Event to unveil and officially open the EY Sensory Room with several distinguished guests including Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter and KultureCity Board Member, Jason Isbell, on-site to cut the ribbon and introduce the Nashville community to this valuable resource.
The EY Sensory Room is located on the second floor at Adventure Science Center in between The Test Zone and Space Chase. For more information, click here.