Upper Canada Village has partnered with Autism Ontario to provide a new ASD Sensory Friendly Sunday mornings in July and August. In essence, they have made sensory accommodations such as schedule suggestions, quiet spaces, hands-on opportunities, and a more tailored interaction with the Village staff, who have been trained by Autism Ontario. Visitors with ASD are asked to wear a wrist-band so they the Village staff can offer their extended services.
Some of the fun will include horse-drawn wagon rides and freshly baked bread and visitors are encouraged to bring their own snacks for a picnic. There are even warnings of areas where there may be unusual smells or unpleasant noises. Overall, these are the kinds of accommodations that will be certain to become much more common as time goes on and Canada is among the first to lead the movement. Now how ‘aboot’ that?