Redefining Inclusion for Disabilities That Can Be Harder to See

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Redefining Inclusion for Disabilities That Can Be Harder to See

A growing movement among museums, zoos and other attractions aims to expand the idea of accessibility to accommodate people with sensory-processing issues.

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The Houston Museum of Natural Science provides sensory backpacks including fidgets, stuffed animals, ear defenders, and sunglasses, to help visitors who might feel overwhelmed.Credit…Mike Rathke

By Joanne Cleaver

April 22, 2022

It wasn’t roaring lions or butting goats that sent 6-year-old Avery Shipley into a tailspin last summer at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

It was a sudden Indiana thunderstorm that crumbled his composure, when he and dozens of other summer campers scrambled for shelter under a pavilion. As the campers crowded under a roof pinging with rain, Avery “just completely shut down. He froze,” said his mother, Kimber Shipley, [...]

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