Eagles Open Sensory Room at Lincoln Financial Field
Children with autism will be able to use the room, which opened earlier this week, during Eagles games. It is believed to be one of the first at a pro sports facility.
The Eagles have opened a sensory-friendly room at Lincoln Financial Field for fans with autism and sensory challenges.
The room. which the Eagles say is one of the first for a pro sports franchise, is part of the recent certification of Lincoln Financial Field as a sensory-inclusive stadium. The certification also involved training for Eagles employee and stadium staff on how to recognize and respond to guests sensory needs and sensory overload. There will be sensory bags with noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools and weighted lap pads.
The 500-square-foot sensory room was developed with the support of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a founding partner of the Eagles Autism Challenge program, which raises money for autism research.
In fact, the sensory room was unveiled Aug. 4, which was the Eagles only public practice this year and the $10 admission went to fund the Challenge program. More than $500,000 was raised, the Eagles said.
The Eagles aren't the first local sports team to make accommodations for its fans with autism. St. Joseph's University opened an autism break room during its basketball games last year, the first NCAA Division 1 school to do so.
In fact, more local cultural venues have gone out of their way to make accommodations for children with special needs in response to outreach efforts of the last decade.
“This has opened the floodgates to new opportunities for families who stayed away for fear of disrupting anyone else’s experience,” says Roger Ideishi, a Temple University professor and director of occupational therapy.