Sensory-friendly Sundays are coming to the National Constitution Center

Mike Dougherty
January 13, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Sensory-friendly Sundays are coming to the National Constitution Center. Programming is designed to be more accessible for people with intellectual disabilities and sensory processing disorders. 

Some of the regular programming at the Constitution Center will be modified to give everyone a chance to feel comfortable when they tour the museum. Director of Visitor Experience Kristina Marinello says some people might have sensitivity to light or sound, so the staff is trying to accommodate them.

"We have gotten some noise canceling headphones so the visitors can walk around," she said, "because we have a lot of audio in our exhibits."

Marinello says the idea came about because families showed an interest in visiting the museum but thought it might be too much for people with special needs to handle.

"We want to show them that it's not," she said, "and that we could bring out the learning in more comfortable areas so they get the same experience that any other visitor would."

There are four sensory-friendly Sundays this year: March 24, June 23, August 25, and December 8.