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Pittsburgh: Airport adds "sensory room" with "adult-sized changing tables," bubbles, rockers

Aug 14, 2019, Pittsburgh WTHR: Pittsburgh airport creates sensory room to help travelers with autism The Pittsburgh International Airport has created a one-of-a-kind sensory room at the request of an airport employee. Jason Rudge is a heavy equipment operator at the airport but has been unable to travel on a commercial flight with his wife and 4-year-old son, Presley. "TODAY's" Mary Pflum reports Presley was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old, and his parents say Presley struggles when it comes to changes in his routine; however, they discovered sensory rooms at Presley's school helped calm his nerves…. Jason began doing his research to install a sensory room at the airport and wrote a proposal to airport CEO, Christina Cassotis. The sensory room, appropriately named "Presley's Place," opened last month and features soft colors, low lightning, bubbles, padded seats and rockers. The textured walls were specifically designed to sound-proof the space, and the bathrooms feature adult-sized changing tables that can be moved up and down….


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