According to the US Census Bureau, nearly 1 in 5 individuals has a disability. While most organizations have considered adaptations for the visually and hearing impaired, it was only recently that organizations also began to consider including audiences with sensory and developmental disorders. AMT Lab's latest publication Opening Doors: Welcoming New Audiences with Sensory-Friendly Performances, is a useful guide for organizations seeking to learn more about the needs and challenges of creating sensory-friendly programming. Based on interviews with several sensory-friendly program directors and artists from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center, and TDF’s Autism Theatre Initiative, this publication discusses best practices and important considerations for program development.
Download the full paper here, then share your own experiences or challenges developing sensory-friendly programming in the comments section below.