Austin FC has partnered with St. David’s HealthCare and national non-profit organization KultureCity to unveil a new sensory inclusive room at Q2 Stadium.
The sensory inclusive room will make match days and events at the stadium more accommodating for all fans.
KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using its resources to create positive change for those with sensory needs, not just those with autism.
Since the program’s inception, KultureCity has created over 700 sensory-inclusive venues in four countries, including special events such as the NFL Pro Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, MLB World Series, and MLB All-Star Weekend.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD, and other similar conditions.
A major barrier for these individuals is sensitivity to noise, a hallmark of the environment at Q2 Stadium.
Staff in Q2 Stadium’s sensory inclusive room have been trained by medical professionals on how to recognize fans with sensory needs, and how to handle a sensory overload situation.
Sensory bags equipped with noise-canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads will be available to all fans in the sensory room who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.
Prior to attending an event, families can download the free KultureCity App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them.