Sensory Friendly Visits to Vermilionville are designed to better serve persons on the autism spectrum and/or with sensory processing differences along with their families and caregivers.
This program was developed utilizing research from other museum based sensory tours and input from a Community Advisory Council comprised of parents of children with autism and professionals from the school system.
Families registering will receive a "social story" to assist in preparing their child for the visit.
On the day of the visit, Vermilionville will open early, allowing families to tour the village before it is open to the general public for an hour and a half then, once the village is open to the public, sensory friendly accommodations remain in place for an additional hour and a half.
Vermilionville will offer special accommodations and accessories, such as a "passport" designed to celebrate the success of your child’s visit, sensory signage, quiet rooms and fidgets.
At 9:30 a.m., a designated craft area, with crafts recommended by an occupational therapist, will also be available.
Staff and volunteers receive training prior to the event.
We have worked hard to create a welcoming environment in order to better prepare children with neurodiversity for a successful museum experience. We look forward to having you as our guestsJ
Will need 15 volunteers to
Assist with registration/sign-in, fee collections, wristbands, distribution of fidgets
Assist with crafts
Assist artisans with touch baskets and hands on interactives
Stand watch and redirect people away from areas with easy access to water
Assist with evaluation distribution/collection
Assist with autism and sensory differences awareness table
Time commitment ranges from 2 to 4 ½ hours
*ALL volunteers must receive orientation/training from Melanie prior to volunteering.