The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present the 2015 Sensory Friendly Theatre series at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. Sensory Friendly music, theater and dance performances are specially adapted for children and adults with autism and other sensory sensitivities.
“Designed to help families with sensory, social and learning disabilities to experience the performing arts in a safe, judgment-free environment, the Freeholder Board is proud to continue supporting this series,” says Freeholder Chair Mohamed S. Jalloh. “This performance series enhances the County’s vision that the arts should be accessible to everyone.”
The Freeholder Board’s Sensory Friendly Theatre series began in 2012 as an initiative of Freeholder Alexander Mirabella. It is designed according to guidelines that help reduce disturbances for children and adults who experience heightened sensory sensitivity.
For each of the special performances in the Sensory Friendly Theatre series, the theatre environment at the Performing Arts Center will be adjusted to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment- free space that is welcoming for all families.
Implementing the supportive atmosphere is the organization Autism Friendly Spaces, which provides specialists to train staff and volunteers on working with children with autism and other special needs during Sensory Friendly Theatre performances, while providing comfort and help to families.
The Freeholder Board is proud to support programs for adults and children of all abilities throughout the year. For all the latest events, activities and updates, visit the County’s website at www.ucnj.org.