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Autism/Special Needs Friendly Performances
Each of us has been touched, in some way, by a friend or family member with special needs or diagnosed along the Autism spectrum. ArtsNashoba is honored to present a performances specifically adapted for this special population, their families, their educators and caregivers. For more information about ArtsNashoba's Autism/Special Needs performances, please email ArtsNashoba President Bonnie Marchesani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is an Autism/Special Needs-Friendly Performance?
There are often questions about just what these performances look like – hopefully you find this information helpful.
Autism/Special Needs-Friendly Performances are designed and intended for those who are on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues. At these performances, the theater environment will be altered, providing a safe, sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all. Autism/Special Needs-Friendly Performances are recommended for those families and caregivers that would like to bring a loved one with a developmental disability, and for their teachers and advocates who are familiar with and accepting of behaviors exhibited by some individuals with autism and special needs.
There will no charge for the tickets to this performance, however we do ask you to reserve your tickets either online or email at email@example.com. There is no reserved seating you may choose any seats that make you most comfortable. There is an aisle to accommodate wheelchairs.
While our production will be performed as written, adjustments have been made to alleviate any overly loud sounds, jarring noises and intense lighting. Additional resources such as: a character and plot synopsis; FAQs; a Social Story, and a Video are provided on this website to help you decide if this show is appropriate for your family.
ArtsNashoba will be providing an array of services such as a "Quiet Room", fidgets, and specially trained staff to help you, your family and friends have a comfortable and supportive experience at our theater - the full list of services is provided below in the FAQs.
Q: Are A-F performances only for those with
autism or other sensory issues, or can anyone attend?
Very young children also have challenges sitting for long periods, remaining quiet and can be sensitive to some sounds. We welcome families with toddlers to join us at these performances as well.
Q: What accommodations will there be? How is it different from other performances?
A: The Autism-Friendly accommodations are:
QUIET/CHILL ROOM is located down the hall from the theater, it is provided for those audience members who become overstimulated and need a place to relax (hopefully returning to the show later). Mats, chairs and tables will be provided, as well as a variety of coloring activities, sticker books and fidgets. This area will be staffed by our Therapist, other trained adults and an EMS person from the Groton Fire Dept.
Q: Will there be an Intermission?
A: The performance lasts about 90 minutes. Roughly half way through the show there will be an intermission. In the Conant Art Gallery there will be beverages and snacks. Bathrooms are nearby and will be clearly marked.
No Food or drink is allowed in the theater - only the Conant Art Gallery.
Q: Will the show on stage be any different
from other performances that are not Autism/Special Needs-Friendly?
Q: Will it be noisy during the show?
Q: How can I prepare my audience member
for this outing in the theater?
Q: My attendee uses a wheelchair - What is
the best access to the theater?
Q: Are service animals welcome?
Q: I have a question not addressed here. Who may I speak with at ArtsNashoba to get more information on the Autism/Special Needs-Friendly services and accommodations?
A: You may contact the ArtsNashoba President and A-F Coordinator, Bonnie Marchesani either by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 978-448-5335
Special thanks to the Local Massachusetts Arts Councils of Ayer, Acton/Boxborough, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend who have made these performances possible!
ArtsNashoba Show Social Story
I am going to Lawrence Academy to watch a musical where actors perform and sing on a stage. The show is about an hour and a half long with a 15-minute intermission (everyone takes a break) in the middle. I will be in the audience. The audience of about 100 people will watch, listen, and clap.
When I arrive at Lawrence Academy, I will follow these steps in this order:
During the performance, I will:
If I need to take a break during the musical, I will: