ASLC Becomes the First Sensory Inclusive Certified Organization in Alaska
April 21, 2022

Seward, Alaska (April 21, 2022) The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) has partnered with KultureCity to be the first Sensory Inclusive Certified organization in the State of Alaska. With this new certification, ASLC is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when visiting. Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD, and other similar conditions.

“At the Alaska SeaLife Center, we are making it a priority to be as inclusive and welcoming as possible. We strive to be allies and advocates for anyone who wants to join us in our efforts for ocean conservation,” said Jeff Dillon, ASLC Senior Education Manager. “We want to make sure we are understanding, welcoming, and supportive of the nearly 1 in 6 individuals with an invisible or sensory disability. Being certified and trained through KultureCity is critical to that effort.”

In preparation for certification, the staff at the Alaska SeaLife Center was trained through KultureCity by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests with sensory needs and the best way to handle a sensory overload situation.

Prior to visiting, guests can find accessibility information and resources on the ASLC website. Guests can also download the free KultureCity app to view what sensory features are available and the Social Story, which will provide a preview of what to expect while visiting the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Sensory bags provided by KultureCity are available at the Center for any guest who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. Sensory bags are equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads and will be available free of charge to check out at the ticketing counter. These guests will also be provided with resources that designate what areas may be loud and will have access to a designated quiet area if needed.

“Our communities are what shapes our lives and to know that the Alaska SeaLife Center is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in their community is amazing. We’re honored to partner with the Alaska SeaLife Center to provide a truly inclusive experience for all fans and guests!” said Uma Srivastava, Executive Director, KultureCity.

About KultureCity

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 900 sensory inclusive venues in 5 countries and has won many awards for its efforts.

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