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Aberdeen SD: Water park, cinema go "sensory-friendly"

July 14, 2023, Sioux Falls, SD, Dakota News Now TV: Aberdeen Aquatic Center hosts sensory-friendly event

VIDEO: This summer the Aberdeen Aquatic Center is implementing a new event that is giving all community members a chance to enjoy one of the city’s most popular destinations.

Tomorrow the Aberdeen Aquatic Center will be hosting a sensory-friendly event, a designated time where those with disabilities can enjoy the water park to its fullest extent. …

We will not have the PA running, the stereo running. …Some of our bubblers will be turned down, some of the other ones will actually be turned off.

We’ll have an area in our leisure pool that is a quiet area where there won’t be anything running in there….

We’re told that the idea for the event came from a mother with an autistic son.

…And the Aberdeen water park isn’t the only business to expand its accessibility. Golden Ticket Cinema in Aberdeen has also recently implemented sensory-friendly movie screenings. …

The sensory-friendly event will take place from noon to 1 pm tomorrow, before the water park opens to the rest of the public.

Aberdeen Aquatic staff say they hope they can continue the event next year.

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