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November 3rd, 2016

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Sensory-Friendly Sundays at the Franklin Institute

Sunday, December 4th, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm


Everyone experiences sensations differently -- what smells good to one person can smell bad to another, a wool sweater is scratchy to you but not to me.  However, children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder, as well as many individuals on the Autism Spectrum, experience sensory input dramatically differently.  A room that is well-lit and quiet for you can be painfully-bright and unbearably-noisy for them.  Many activities that we take for granted, like going to a museum, are completely impossible for them to enjoy. 


Luckily, many museums, movie theaters, and the like are starting to accommodate for neurodiversity through special hours and shows.


On select Sundays throughout the year, the Franklin Institute modifies their exhibits to make them more accessible to those with different sensory processing abilities.  Individuals with special sensory needs and their families will have exclusive access to the museum from 8:00 to 9:30 am, and many exhibits will stay modified until 12:30 pm.  There will also be "cool down" areas for families who need a quiet place to take a break.


Registration details and information about modified exhibits are available at the FI website:


For more information about Sensory Processing Disorder, visit