UNC Health Care Donates Sensory Kits to Raleigh Little Theatre
Group offers autism-friendly performances
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other sensitivities received kits for two autism-friendly performances at Raleigh Little Theatre in March, thanks to the generosity of UNC Health Care. Patrons at “Junie B. Jones, the Musical!” on March 2 and “Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds” on March 30 received the kits — which included a stress ball, fidget spinner and bendy stick — as they entered the theater.
Raleigh Little Theatre accommodates individuals at its autism-friendly performances by modifying the house lights, allowing audience members to talk or move around, providing extra staff and volunteer support and designating a “Take a Break Space.”
“We applaud Raleigh Little Theatre for recognizing that some individuals need extra support to enjoy this type of family entertainment. Live theater can be such a rewarding experience for all individuals, especially with minor modifications to create a welcoming environment,” says Allison Zoller, program manager of the UNC Autism Research Center, which develops personalized interventions to improve the lives of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Learn more about these special performances at raleighlittletheatre.org.