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Pacific Science Center has Free Early Hours for Autistic Guests

Pacific Science Center Autistic Early OpenThe Pacific Science Center invites autistic guests and their families to a free morning visit on the second Saturday** of each month in 2015.  The Exploration for All: Autism Early Open program begins two hours before the center opens to the general public.  The program is funded by a grant from Safeco Insurance.

Free admission is nice, however, what makes this opportunity really special for autistic guests are the measures the science center will take to reduce sensory stimulation.  During autism early hours the lighting will be dimmed and where possible, the noise and visual stimulation of interactive exhibits will be reduced.

Additionally, they have published a library of tips and guides specifically for autistic guests.  The library has planning guides for elementary and intermediate grades so families can plan and discuss their visit well in advance. It also includes a sensory guide that rates the exhibit spaces for noise level, visual stimulation, availability to touch and feel, and strong odors.  These are great tools to help all family members enjoy their visit.

You can download the guides and other Autism Resources directly from the Pacific Science Center website.

The below dates and times are provided for reference only.  Please confirm dates and times with the Pacific Science Center prior embarking on your science adventure.

Scheduled dates for Science for All: Autism Early Open (8 a.m. – 10 a.m.)

February 14, 2015
March 14, 2015
April 18**, 2015 – This is the third Saturday in April
May 9, 2015
June 13, 2015
July 11, 2015
August 8, 2015
September 12, 2015
October 10, 2015
November 14, 2015
December 12, 2015

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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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