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Pal Experiences makes venues more accessible and inclusive for guests with autism and related disabilities. Just as a ramp helps a guest who moves differently, our digital tools help guests who think and communicate differently. 70% of families impacted by autism feel socially isolated (National Autistic Society). Pal Experiences is dedicated to changing that by using evidence based best practices in behavioral therapy to decrease anxiety, increase confidence and make our communities places where everyone gets to go.
Pal Experiences was founded on the idea that accessibility is a big word, and venues need more than ramps to accommodate all types of guests. Stemming from an interaction where the founder met a family who felt they couldn't go to an aquarium, Pal is dedicated to creating "Pal Places" that have digital tools to support guests with autism and related disabilities, so everyone gets to go. Each Pal Place has custom digital tools, including a video social story, insider tips and guide, that decrease anxiety by showing families what to expect and provide assisitve communication to guests who are non-verbal. There are 34 Pal Places and Pal videos have been viewed over 60k times. Pal is seeking to increase its capacity to keep up with the demand for programs and is looking for volunteer grant writers.