Pacific Science Center To Continue Autism Early Open Program

by | Nov 9, 2015

Safeco Insurance renews grant to expand accessibility efforts and continue popular program for families on the autism spectrum, Exploration For All: Autism Early Open

With the renewed support from Safeco Insurance, Pacific Science Center is proud to offer another year of Exploration for All: Autism Early Open. The popular Saturday morning program will continue to provide families with children on the autism spectrum the opportunity to explore the Science Center before doors open to the public free of charge through December 2016.

For many children on the autism spectrum, a typical day at the Science Center can be overwhelming, and nearly impossible to visit with heavy crowds, loud noises, bright lights and visual stimulation from exhibits. With the continued support of Safeco Insurance, each month these families will continue to have the opportunity to enjoy the Science Center at their own pace, two hours before the Science Center opens to the public.

In addition to opening our doors early one Saturday a month, softening lighting and decreasing exhibits’ sensory stimulation, Pacific Science Center will build on this year’s inclusivity training through a program conducted by Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD). Earlier this year, Pacific Science Center trained 250 staff to assist guests who have disablities; frontline staff also received in-depth training around autism spectrum disorder. Pacific Science Center will also work with PYD and focus groups to evaluate the exhibit experience for guests with low or no vision and prototype some ways to make our exhibit space more inviting for them.

“Safeco Insurance and Liberty Mutual are proud to continue to support a program that allows people of all abilities to experience community assets such as Pacific Science Center,” said Christopher Wiggins, program officer for the Liberty Mutual Foundation and manager of the Safeco Insurance Fund. “Regardless of ability, people are inspired when they come to Pacific Science Center, and that is an opportunity that everyone deserves.”

Mark your calendars for next year’s Exploration for All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance dates:

  • January 9, 2016
  • February 13, 2016
  • March 12, 2016
  • April 9, 2016
  • May 14, 2016
  • June 11, 2016
  • July 9, 2016
  • August 13, 2016
  • September 10, 2016
  • October 8, 2016
  • November 12, 2016
  • December 10, 2016

For more information on Exploration for All: Autism Early Open, presented by Safeco Insurance, please visit

About Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, mathematics and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs. 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 the 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. For more information about Pacific Science Center, please call (206) 443-2001. Pacific Science Center is an independent non-profit 501(c) (3) organization and relies on admissions, memberships, and donations to continue our educational mission, programs, and exhibits.