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Wed Jan 10, 2018 08:30 AM - Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:30 AM


Sensory Visits


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

Volunteer Needs:

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.


  • Child Development
  • Child Care
  • Mental Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychology
  • Children Medical Services

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • 2 - 4.5 HRS

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