Bloomington Public Library to offer sensory inclusive programs and events

Bloomington Public Library
Bloomington Public Library(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Updated: Jan. 12, 2022 at 11:56 AM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - A new partnership hopes to promote an accommodating and positive experience for anyone with sensory issues who visits the Bloomington Public Library.

The library joined Miller Park Zoo in teaming up with KultureCity to make programs and events sensory inclusive.

Library staff will be trained by medical professionals on how to recognize patrons with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation.

Anyone who may feel overwhelmed while visiting the library will have access to sensory bags which will have noise cancelling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads.

Before visiting the library, families can download the free KultureCity App and look at sensory features that are available.

Families can also see the library’s Social Story to see what they can expect while at the library.

Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD, and other similar conditions.

“Our communities shape our lives, and to know that Bloomington Public Library 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 Bloomington Public Library to provide a truly inclusive experience for all patrons!” said Uma Srivastava, Executive Director, KultureCity.

KultureCity is a leading non-profit organization recognized nationwide for using its resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs

Since the program’s inception, KultureCity has created more than 700 sensory-inclusive venues in 4 countries.

Sensory bags will be available at the Bloomington Public Library next week.

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