Forest of Light is a new inclusive exhibit that encourages play between young children of all abilities. Scheduled to open Summer 2018, the exhibit will be welcoming and engaging for both neurotypical children and those with autism or sensory processing disorders, and will educate parents and caregivers on the benefits of sensory rich environments for child development. The exhibit will transform our existing Light & Sound room into a dark and quiet forest with soundproofing to lower the volume of the room and provide a needed respite for visitors. Children will be able to use their senses of sight and touch to explore the environment and occupational therapists will be able to use the exhibit space to work with client families.
More children then ever are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and sensory processing disorders. According to the Sensory Processing Foundation, between 1 and 6 and 1 and 20 children have sensory symptoms that may be significant enough to affect aspects of everyday life functions. Forest of Light developed from the popularity of WOW!’s Sensory Friendly Playtime program, a private event for children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders to enjoy the museum with their families. Admission is limited to 20 families and lights and sounds are turned down to create a calmer environment than the typical Museum experience. Sensory Friendly Playtime is made possible by our donor supported Play for All Initiative.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 by the end of 2017 to cover the remaining cost of the exhibit. The total cost of making Forest of Light a reality is $73,000.
Can you make a gift and help us reach our goal? Your gift will make a real, lasting impact in all of the visitors we proudly serve.