PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Roger Williams Park Zoo will soon be offering more sensory-inclusive experiences.
The zoo announced Wednesday they will be partnering with Kulture City, an organization based in Birmingham, Alabama, to better serve visitors with autism and diverse sensory needs.
“Collaborating with Kulture City ensure everyone, no matter who they are, will have daily accessibility to the Zoo in an inclusive environment,” said Dr. Jeremy Goodman, the zoo’s Executive Director. “All of our staff are trained to understand and respond to those with sensory needs as a result of the online training Kulture City designed.”
The zoo will offer a variety of ways for visitors with unique abilities to enjoy experiences at the park through the creation of designated quiet spaces, as well as offering “sensory bags” that will contain noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys, and other helpful items.
As previously announced, the zoo will also open Hasbro’s Our Big Background area on the first Tuesday of every month April to August from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The hour is restricted to 70 participants and the zoo strongly recommends pre-registration.
RWPZ says their partnership with Kulture City is another step in their commitment to making the zoo accessible to all. The zoo has been offering Sensory Friendly Days at Carousel Village since 2017. Visitors with sensory processing differences can ride the carousel without music or indoor lights.
Further information on the program is expected to be released on May 22.