Buckham Memorial Library has partnered with KultureCity® to make the library and all its programs and events Sensory InclusiveTM. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all patrons with a sensory issue, no matter their age or ability.
The certification process ensures that the staff at Buckham Memorial Library are trained annually by leading medical professionals on how to recognize patrons with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. KultureCity® Sensory Bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, weighted laps, strobe-cancelling glasses and KCVIP lanyards will be available to all patrons at the Circulation and Information Desks who may feel overwhelmed by a new environment.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which can be a major part of the environment at a location like a public library. With its new certification, Buckham Memorial Library is now better prepared to assist people with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.
Prior to their visit, families and individuals can download the free KultureCity® App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them including, a Quiet Area, where to get a KultureCity® Sensory Bag, where the Headphone Zones are etc. Also, on the App is the Social Story which will provide a customized visual preview of what to expect while enjoying a visit to the library.
KultureCity® is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using its resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs, not just those with autism. Since the program’s inception, KultureCity® has created over 1,000 Sensory InclusiveTM public and private services, organizations, events and venues in 6 countries.
Information about Buckham Memorial Library's Sensory InclusiveTM Certification is available at https://bit.ly/42wvcLd .