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Pacific Science Center Continues Accessibility Efforts To Accommodate Autism Spectrum
Exploration For All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance invites early access to our exhibits for families on the autism spectrum
SEATTLE, WA (January 31, 2017) – With generous support from Safeco Insurance, Pacific Science Center is proud to continue Exploration for All: Autism Early Open for a third year.
Exploration for All invites families with children on the autism spectrum to explore Pacific Science Center before doors open to the public on the second Saturday of each month through December 2017.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. This is an increase of 33% over the past two years. For many of these children, a typical day at the Science Center can be overwhelming. Exploration for All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance provides families with an opportunity to enjoy the Science Center at their own pace without heavy crowds. We soften general lighting and decrease noise levels and visual stimulation on our interactive exhibits in order to create a space that allows children with different sensitivities to ignite their curiosity within our exhibit halls.
“One of our top priorities is to make our facilities, programs, experiences, and the benefits they provide accessible to people of all backgrounds and financial, social, physical, and intellectual abilities. Autism Early Open is a great example of our work in this area. The support we receive from Safeco Insurance is a great example of collaboration with other community leaders. We are excited to continue this program in 2017,” said Will Daugherty, President and CEO of Pacific Science Center.
Contributions from Safeco Insurance also support Pacific Science Center’s overall accessibility and inclusion efforts. For example, the grant enables specialized training for Pacific Science Center staff in serving people with special needs, as well as improvements to the historic campus that increase safety for low- and no-vision guests
For more information on Exploration for All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance, please visit pacsci.org/exploration-for-all/
Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated 50 years of inspiring curiosity, creativity and critical thinking for people of all ages throughout Washington and guests from around the world.
Contact: Katelyn Del Buco
Pacific Science Center, Seattle