Arena steps for sensory needs fans

Twitter Arena partners with KulturCity Image: KulturCity

The Arena in Los Angeles, California (US) has partnered with the leading non-profit KultureCity to make the arena and all of the programs and events that the venue hosts sensory inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests and fans with sensory sensitivities that visit the Arena.

‘KultureCity and businesswire’ stated that the Arena is now a proud recipient of KultureCity’s Sensory Inclusive™ certification, which ensures daily accessibility to those with sensory needs, creating an accepting and inclusive community. The certification process requires the staff at the Arena to undergo annual training imparted by leading medical professionals on how to recognize guests and fans with sensory needs and how to properly manage a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads, will also be available to all guests at the Arena who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.

The 20,000-capacity Arena is a multipurpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles, US. Adjacent to the L.A. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street.

Birmingham, Alabama (US)-based KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using its resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs, not just those with autism. Since the program’s inception, the KultureCity has created over 1,000 sensory-inclusive venues in six countries: This includes special events such as the National Football League (NFL) Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series, and MLB All Star Weekend.

Exulted Danielle Snyder, Senior Vice-President, Arena Service, Arena, “We are incredibly excited to welcome KultureCity to the Arena and feel strongly that our partnership will benefit all of our loyal fans and guests who look to us for memorable life moments. We are confident our collaboration shows our continued dedication to ensure all guests and fans have a safe and enjoyable experience every time they attend an event.”

‘KultureCity and businesswire’ further stated that sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other similar conditions (one in six individuals). One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to overstimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in a venue such as the Arena. With its new certification, the Arena is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when attending any event.

Prior to attending an event, families can download the free KultureCity App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access such features. Also, the App features the Social Story, which will provide a preview of what to expect while enjoying an event at the Arena.

Noted Uma Srivastava, Executive Director, KultureCity, “Our communities are what shape our lives and to know that the Arena is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing. We’re honored to partner with the Arena to provide a truly inclusive experience for all fans and guests!”

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