CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – The Charlotte chapter of Autism Speaks, a non-profit advocacy group, and the Sea Life Aquarium have joined together to hold autism awareness nights at the Aquarium. Adjustments have been made to provide a sensory-friendly visit for those on the autism spectrum.
Individuals who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) may be sensitive to crowds, loud or intermittent noises and bright lights. ASD affects the part of the brain that controls social and interaction skills. Each person diagnosed on the spectrum is different making a social and educational event difficult to plan. Some individuals are very sensitive to touch, smell and change. These issues can cause sensory overload and make it difficult to participate in these types of events.
Autism Speaks and the Aquarium have made it possible for parents like Charlottean Paula Williams and her 9 year old autistic son to touch the glass and feel as well as see many of the different fish.
Williams plans on attending many of the Autism Awareness Nights at the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium. The next coordinated autism awareness night is scheduled on October 28 from 3-8pm. Ticket prices have been reduced to $10.50 per person.
For more information about the Autism Awareness Nights please visit www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord/news-and-events.