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Feb 9, 2023, CBS Philadelphia: Eagles Autism Foundation helps set up sensory room at Super Bowl LVII

Philadelphia Eagles employees are leaving for Arizona Thursday and headed to Super Bowl LVII to watch the players take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

But a special group will also be making their way to Arizona ahead of the big game to make sure State Farm Stadium is sensory-inclusive so all fans can enjoy the Super Bowl….

Kirsten Saraceni, who oversees the Eagles' sensory rooms, said, "This is a space where it's quiet, chill, they can relax for as much time as needed and then head back to their seats."

"It helps people calm down when they're sad and whenever they need a break they need to come here," Max said.

Every now and then you'll see Swoop taking a time-out rocking sensory headphones. This is all part of the Eagles' partnership with KultureCity to ensure Lincoln Financial Field is a sensory-inclusive stadium.

"Past experiences they might have had to leave, or they might have had to bring one of their children, because the other child, with their challenges, it wasn't a great fit," said Ryan Hammond, executive director of the Eagles Autism Foundation. "So these resources have opened the door for families to experience things together."…

"The Eagles gave me an opportunity to work, and my whole life, this is what I wanted to do. They do such a great job with autism and the autism community," a staff member said….

When those happen, fans may want to make use of the sensory room in the stadium.

"State Farm Stadium did not have a sensory room. They actually built it over the last two weeks," Hammond said.

"The sensory room has been a destination for families," she added. On the Eagles' app, "you can go through the visual schedule you can prepare for when there's going to be fireworks or you can prepare for different things that happen in the game that may be challenging for an individual," Hammond added….


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