SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego County Fair is a place of sights and sounds, which could deter some families with adults and children with autism, PTSD, and other sensory-sensitive conditions to pass on the yearly festival.
To help provide those families with the same fun at the fair, organizers will offer sensory stations and free sensory toolkits, containing noise-canceling headphones, fidgets, weighted lap pads, and other tools.
Fair organizers teamed with KultureCity, which has implemented sensory-inclusion programs at public venues around the country, including for the NFL and NBA. This is the first time the organization has partnered with a fair.
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"Providing quiet places to retreat from the fair, as well as tools to allow people with sensory-sensitive conditions to participate in stimulating fair activities, is a gateway to ensuring that everyone can enjoy their Fair experience," Katie Mueller, deputy general manager of the San Diego County Fair, said.
Sensory stations can be found at guest services and the Creative Youth tent in Family Funville. Free kits will be available at guest services.