Sensory-friendly movie night planned by Youngsville couple

Photo submitted to the Times Observer The Meads family is pictured.

Just over a month ago, Youngsville residents George and Tori Mead, driven by their personal experiences with their son Elliot, discussed hosting a sensory-friendly activity for the community.

Elliot has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and sometimes, the family finds it hard to enjoy activities in the community without creating discomfort for him or encountering the judgment of strangers. “As parents, we want to experience these things and for our children to experience them…but we don’t want to be judged, “ said George.

George and Tori decided to call a few businesses and see what they could come up with that would be affordable and enjoyable for families that could benefit from a sensory-friendly event. After reaching out to the Warren Mall Cinema and other local businesses, it became evident that the community was supportive.

“Everyone I talk to is so supportive; people want to contribute to this,” George stated. So he and Tori began planning a sensory-friendly/relaxed movie experience designed for individuals with sensory-processing differences, autism, ADHD, or other developmental or cognitive disabilities, along with their caretaker.

The movie theater will lower the sound level and keep the lights low during the movie, attendees are free to talk or leave during the performance. This will create a comfortable, safe, and welcoming environment for individuals with sensory differences.

A sensory-friendly movie night will be held on July 10th at 6 p.m. at 4160 Market St. in Warren. The movie will be Minions 4.

Admission for this event is free; popcorn and water will also be available free of charge. Attendees are welcome to bring outside snacks if food aversions are a concern.

To offset the costs of this free event, a raffle for over $700 worth of gift cards generously donated by local businesses is for sale at $5 a chance. The raffle winner will be drawn live on Facebook on the night of the event.

To RSVP for the event, buy a raffle ticket, make a donation, or ask any other questions, contact George Mead at (814 )730-9001.


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