Sensory Safety Kits Now Available at Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Bon Secours Wellness Arena is proud to announce that it will now offer Friendly Access Sensory Safety Kits to guests at all events. Friendly Access Sensory Safety Kits are designed to support individuals of all ages with a variety of sensory needs. Loud noises and bright lights can often make it difficult or confusing for an individual with Autism, Dementia, a traumatic brain injury or other sensory disabilities, to enjoy an event.
Each kit includes an assortment of useful tools to help guests enjoy an event with greater comfort. Kits are free to use and can be picked up at the Guest Services Desk outside section 117. Sensory Safety Kits include:
- A small drawstring bag
- A pair of noise reducing earmuffs and ear plugs
- A pair of antiglare glasses
- A small variety of sensory "fidget" toys
- A communication card
- Sanitizing wipes and tissues
- Identification wristbands, stickers and card (The wristband can note family’s location and contact number in the case of confusion or separation. The sticker can alert other attendees that the individual has some difficulty.)
- Venue Map (The venue map describes locations of quiet accessible areas, family restrooms, elevators, and emergency plans and exits.)
- Event Schedule (As available)
Jennifer O’Brien, Executive Director of Life is Washable, Inc. states, “Life Is Washable, Inc. is thrilled to partner with Bon Secours Wellness Arena with the Friendly Access Sensory Safety Kits. These kits were developed to support families with a wide variety of ages and needs. From returning Veterans, our aging parents, to our friends with Sensory Needs, this partnership gives everyone a chance to enjoy all that Bon Secours Wellness Arena has to offer.”
The Bon Secours Wellness Arena is dedicated to making sure that the Arena and its events are accessible to as many guests as possible. Last year, the Arena had two “Skate Roll and Stroll” sessions where families with children with disabilities were invited to explore the ice in their wheelchairs or walkers, walk on the ice, be pulled around the ice in a sled or wagon. Many tried their hand at ice skating. This event will be offered again on December 26. Full details on both Skate Roll and Stroll and the Sensory Safety Kits can be found at bonsecoursarena.com.