Autism Awareness Month: Sensory Friendly Films

One of the top people for the National Autism Association found a way for people with autism to enjoy watching movies at theaters.  “AMC Sensory Friendly Films to Families Affected by Autism” is just one example in a growing movement to welcome families with kids on the autism spectrum to enjoy the movie theater experience by adapting to their unique needs. According to their website, “the auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing”, whatever makes them happy. AMC’s program and many other theater companies with similar ideas are now available across the country and the popularity keeps on growing.

For many families, going to see a movie is a great entertaining way to spend family time together. Something I did not realize, unfortunately for some kids with autism, the regular movie experience can be overwhelming to them. The loud sounds and the dark can be stressful and the need to watch the movie in silence can be hard for the other kids. Many effected by autism also have diet restrictions.  So due to this many families with kids with autism, going to a movie theater together is simply not an option for them. The theatres have come up with some of the great ideas below to make the movie “Autism-Friendly”

  • Movie volume is turned down
  • Lights in the auditorium will be brought up a bit, so not so dark
  • Snacks from home will be permitted
  • Movie-goers can make noise or walk around if they please

I thought that this event was such a great idea, and turned out to be a very fun time.

Why should anyone miss out on a movie experience because they are differently abled?

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Written by: Ashley Florscher

This blog post was written by a member of the eVero Outreach team. The Outreach program aims to teach individuals with disabilities marketable job skills, and enable them to find gainful employment. To learn more about eVero Outreach, click here.