The Autism Alliance of Michigan is teaming up with local museums and attractions to offer sensory friendly experiences for families and individuals on the autism spectrum during the month of April for National Autism Awareness Month.

Special events, accommodations, and activities will be offered on the following dates and locations:

  • April 2nd-10AM-2PM Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • April 9th-9:30AM-5PM Henry Ford Museum
  • April 16th 11AM-3PM Detroit Institute of Arts
  • April 23rd 10AM-6PM Michigan Science Center
  • April 30th 9:30AM-5PM Greenfield Village (Day Out with Thomas), Giant Screen Experience

In 2014 The Michigan Science Center hosted their first sensory friendly event with the Color of Autism Foundation. Continuing with their tradition, the Michigan Science Center and local partner venues have added Sensory Friendly Saturdays with one host each Saturday this month. Each venue has planned activities, sensory accommodations and materials for their events to support autism families and visitors. Several hosts are offering sensory maps to guide individuals who have have sensory processing sensitivities, social narratives to guide families through their visit, as well as Autism Safety Trained staff. Resource tables and staff from the Color of Autism Foundation and Autism Alliance of Michigan will also be available throughout these events.

As we celebrate Autism Awareness Month this April we are pleased to partner with these organizations to offer support through their events, as well as others across the State of Michigan offering awareness and sensory friendly events through their cultural, recreational, and historic venues to bring families out to possibly visit for the first time, or return for a family-focused event. Please refer to our growing Community Calendar for events in your Neighborhood. Our ultimate goal is for families to be welcomed and accommodated every day in our communities at large.

Please contact Kat Nelson at (877)463-AAOM for more information.

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