Lauren Daigle has partnered with KultureCity, Bridgestone Arena, and the Nashville Predators to make Bridgestone and all its programs and events sensory inclusive with the new Lauren Daigle Sensory Room.
Sponsored by The Price Fund, the new room provides a dedicated space designed by medical professionals for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment. The sensory room is outfitted with bean bag, visual light panels, activity panels, bubble walls, and a custom tactile artwork created by an autistic artist.
“To open this room is such an honor–and an incredible milestone to help better serve the millions of people with invisible needs,” says Daigle.
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 over stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in large venues.
Prior to attending an event, families and individuals can download the free KultureCity App to view what sensory features are available and where they can access them. Also, on the app is the Social Story which will provide a preview of what to expect while enjoying an event.
“At Bridgestone Arena we strive to create an environment where everyone can enjoy seeing the best performers and athletes in the world,” shares Bridgestone’s David Kells. “Singing a song with 13,000 of your closest friends or cheering on the Preds to victory is an experience no one should miss. With that in mind we are so proud to expand our partnership with KultureCity by opening a special place for those with sensory sensitivities. Thank you to Lauren Daigle and KultureCity for bringing this amazing new space to life.”
Bridgestone Arena has been KultureCity sensory inclusive certified since September 2018. Every year, staff are trained on how to recognize guests and fans with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads have been available to all guests at Guest Services who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.
“It’s heartwarming to see that my new home, Nashville, is adopting sensory inclusion,” adds Uma Srivastava, executive director of KultureCity. “We enjoy attending Predators games and others events at Bridgestone and to know that all guests and fans can enjoy and have a wonderful experience thanks to the addition of a sensory room is wonderful.”
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