AUGUST 27, 2022 (ATLANTA) – Georgia Aquarium, the Western hemisphere’s largest aquarium, is KultureCity’s 2022 Sensory Inclusive Venue of the Yr. KultureCity is the nation’s main non-profit working in direction of sensory accessibility and acceptance for these with invisible disabilities. The award was offered on the annual KultureBall in Birmingham, AL. on August 27, 2022.
Georgia Aquarium is licensed Sensory Inclusive™ by KultureCity. Aquarium workers are educated by main medical professionals on the right way to assist friends with a sensory overload state of affairs. Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are sometimes skilled by people with autism, dementia, post-traumatic stress, and different comparable situations.
“We’re honored to obtain KultureCity’s Sensory Inclusive Venue Award for 2022. We’re devoted to sharing the wonders of the aquatic world with all our friends, no matter talents,” stated Anthony Rivera, Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality at Georgia Aquarium. “By way of our partnership with KultureCity we’ve expanded our sensory-inclusive choices, educated extra workers, and acknowledged what we are able to constantly do to supply one of the best expertise.”
The Aquarium provides a variety of sensory-inclusive facilities to all friends, of all talents. In 2020, the Aquarium partnered with KultureCity to plan and debut the Wilkins Rhodes Sensory Room. The sensory room is for friends who might have a quieter, smaller, or safer surroundings throughout their go to to the Aquarium. The house was designed by KultureCity medical professionals and is provided with sensory instruments and privateness. Friends can entry the sensory room through the use of the passcode positioned subsequent to the door. The room is accessible throughout all working hours, day-after-day, and is a free providing.
“I nonetheless bear in mind the opening day of the Georgia Aquarium; I used to be a young person and my household drove 5 hours to help the most recent and largest aquarium. Since then, I’ve made numerous visits. To know that households from throughout the nation and world can take pleasure in Georgia Aquarium is really heart-warming! The dedication from your entire workers on the Aquarium has been wonderful. We’re honored to associate and award Georgia Aquarium with this and hope households will have the ability to benefit from the sensory inclusive expertise for years to come back,” stated Uma Srivastava, Government Director at KultureCity.
Together with the Wilkins Rhodes sensory room, Georgia Aquarium’s extra sensory facilities embrace:
- Sensory luggage, outfitted with noise-canceling headphones, fidget instruments, verbal cue playing cards, and weighted lap pads. These luggage can be found freed from cost to all friends and can be found on the Aquarium’s Data Desk.
- Designated sensory hours with low lighting, restricted sounds, and additional restricted capability. Verify the Aquarium’s website for working hours.
- Quiet Zones in galleries
Previous to visiting a venue or occasion, households can obtain the free KultureCity App and think about what sensory options can be found and the place they’ll entry them. Additionally on the app is the Social Story which is able to present a preview of what to anticipate whereas having fun with Georgia Aquarium.
ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM
Georgia Aquarium is a number one 501(c)(3) non-profit group positioned in Atlanta, Ga. that’s accredited by the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and Humane Licensed by American Humane. It’s the first aquarium within the U.S. to be designated a Middle for Species Survival by the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature. Georgia Aquarium is dedicated to engaged on behalf of all marine life by way of training, preservation, distinctive animal care, and analysis throughout the globe. Georgia Aquarium continues its mission every day to encourage, educate, and entertain its thousands and thousands of friends in regards to the aquatic biodiversity all through the world by way of its a whole lot of reveals and tens of hundreds of animals throughout its eight main galleries. For extra data, go to georgiaaquarium.org
KultureCity is a number one non-profit acknowledged nationwide for utilizing its sources to revolutionize and impact change in the neighborhood for these with sensory wants, not simply these with autism. Because the program’s inception, KultureCity has created over 600 sensory-inclusive venues in 4 international locations: this contains particular occasions such because the NFL Professional-Bowl, NFL Tremendous Bowl and MLB All-Star Weekend. KultureCity has gained many awards for its efforts, together with the NASCAR Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award in 2017 and the 2018 Clio Sports activities Silver for social good in partnership with Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Enviornment. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Quiet House Sensory Room at Quicken Loans Enviornment was a finalist for the 2018 Stadium Enterprise Award, KultureCity was named one of many World’s Most Modern Corporations for 2019 and 2020 by FastCompany and just lately gained the Business Accomplice Award in TheStadiumBusiness Design & Improvement Awards 2019.