Autism Awareness Month
Check out some local businesses in our community that are doing their part to be all involved in this awareness.
April is Autism awareness month and while I do hope that most are aware of Autism and informed about the spectrum, my wish would be that April (and every other month) would be Autism INCLUSION month. Did you know that 1 in 6 people has a sensory need or an invisible disability (PTSD, Autism, Strokes, and Dementia just to name a few)? Did you also know that there are several local places working hard night and day to make sure they are accommodating in every way to every single person in our community regardless? I just wanted to take a few minutes, as someone who has had personal experiences with Autism, and highlight some of the local businesses in our community that are doing their part to be all involving while acknowledging that we all have different needs.
Let’s start with The Birmingham Zoo. One of the first things we noticed when the zoo reopened after it’s amazing “face lift” was the sensory room near the restrooms when you first walk through the entrance. For anyone who is overstimulated or just needs a quiet place to regroup, you are welcome here. You’ll notice the signage as you walk throughout the zoo indicating “Quiet Zones” where there is little activity and offer spaces to sit down or regroup if overstimulation does occur. Most of the indoor spaces tend to be louder and noisier so there is signage that deems these areas “Headphone Zones.” The Birmingham Zoo also has weighted lap pads to help during activities where sitting is required such as the train, the sea lion show, or the wildlife show. The zoo itself is also wheelchair accessible throughout it’s entirety, including both the carousel and the train as well. Overall, if you or anyone in your party has any disabilities or sensory sensitivities, this is such a great place to visit and enjoy.
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