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Sewickley, PA: Theater to host "sensory-friendly movie" for kids with autism

Mar 9, 2022, Tarentum (PA) Tribune: Sewickley's Tull Family Theater plans 2 free, autism-friendly events https://triblive.com/local/sewickley/sewickleys-tull-family-theater-plans-2-free-autism-friendly-events/

The Tull Family Theater in Sewickley will host two events for people with autism and other special needs next weekend, including a sensory-friendly movie screening and an open mic session. Both are free. A sensory-friendly version of the PG-rated animated movie “Sing 2” will be screened at 10 a.m. March 19, without trailers. An autism-friendly open mic session is planned for 2-5 p.m. March 20, with attendees invited to participate or just enjoy. The nonprofit theater regularly provides entertainment opportunities for people with autism, sensory issues and other special needs, according to CEO Carolina Pais-Barreto Thor. “Sensory-friendly activities are not always available outside the city core. We provide more access for families who live outside the city,” she said, with such programs regularly drawing people from Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland and Washington counties. “The feedback we receive most often is that it gives families an increased comfort level in being able to share their joys and challenges with others,” she said. Both events are being presented in partnership with Band Together Pittsburgh, a Blawnox-based nonprofit that engages young people with autism using music. The Autism Society of Pittsburgh is partnering with the open mic session only…. Reservations for the movie are recommended on the theater’s website, thetullfamilytheater.org.


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