July 18, 2019, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), has partnered with KultureCity to make the ADKX campus sensory inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all visitors with a sensory processing disorder.
The certification process entailed the staff at ADKX being trained by leading professionals on how to recognize those guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads will also be available to all ADKX guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. Visitors who may need a quieter and more secure environment will also have use of a dedicated sensory room designed by professional occupational therapists.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to overstimulation and noise. With its new certification, ADKX is now better prepared to assist visitors with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.
Prior to visiting, families can download the free KultureCity App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them. Also, on the App is the Social Story which will provide a preview of what to expect while enjoying a visit to ADKX.
“Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that the Adirondack Experience is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing.” Dr. Julian Maha, Co-Founder, KultureCity.
KultureCity is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs; not just those with Autism. Since the program’s inception, KultureCity has created over 200 sensory inclusive venues in 3 countries; this includes special events such as NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, MLB All-Star Weekend. KultureCity has won many awards for its efforts: NASCAR Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award in 2017, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Quiet Space Sensory Room at Quicken Loans Arena was a finalist for the 2018 Stadium Business Award and the 2018 Clio Sports Silver for social good in partnership with Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena. Recently, KultureCity was awarded one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019 by FastCompany.
About Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and culturally rich collections in more than 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 121- acre campus in the heart of the Adirondacks. The ADKX offers a broad range of programs and activities including special and permanent exhibitions, a state of the art 19,000 square foot Life in the Adirondacks interactive exhibition, a new outdoor experience – ADKX Boathouse on Minnow Pond, plus daily activities with artisans-in-residence, workshops, lectures, interpretive programming, family and educational programs, and signature events like the Made in the Adirondacks Fair, American Mountain Men, Rolling ‘Round the ‘Dacks – new this year, Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market, Rustic Furniture Fair, Antiques Show and Sale, and FallFest. The museum is supported in part with donations from the general public, with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For additional information, call 518-352-7311 or visit www.theADKX.org.