Pocono Raceway Becomes Sensory Inclusive
Autism Awareness Month just passed, but the commitment to make facilities inclusive is not stopping. Chuck E. Cheese committed themselves to being a sensory inclusive facility last month, and now Pocono Raceway is following suit.
NASCAR and race fans who fall on the autism spectrum can now experience the thrill of watching in a new sensory-inclusive facility.
Pocono Raceway unveiled a new playground facility located in the infield of the track. The playground is nearly 5,000 square feet is completely sensory-inclusive.
Pocono Raceway also will become the world's first motorsports facility the become sensory inclusive.
Pocono Raceway is teaming up with KultureCity in this new venture. Staff will be trained to recognize and handle sensory overload situations.
Children and adults that fall on the autism spectrum will have access to special bags. These sensory bags will consist of noise-cancelling headphones, weighted lap blankets, fidget toys, and other devices used to calm down autistic fans.
Two quiet spaces will also be included in the project. Sensory-inclusive areas will be located in the infield and one near the grandstands.
One of the driving forces behind this venture was NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.
KultureCity is a non-profit organizations looking to help people on the autism spectrum. Their mission is is to inspire communities to create a world where all autistic individuals can be accepted, included, and have a future without limits.
[via Pocono Record]