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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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