How can libraries make movie screenings more accessible to everyone, including viewers with sensory issues, attention disorders and other special needs, for whom visiting traditional movie theaters can often be difficult and alienating? To make the fun of movie viewings more accessible, autism advocates and educators have begun encouraging movie theaters to host "Sensory Movies," with moderate lighting and sound, where audience members are welcome to walk and talk during the film. Libraries are uniquely equipped to be leaders in Sensory Movie screenings, because libraries are already community hubs committed to welcoming everyone; we have added hand-activities to the mix to help with attention, focus and enrichment. We will share the theories behind Sensory Movies and walk participants through the process of hosting such events at their own libraries. We will also demonstrate some of the hand-activities used in Sensory Movies, so participants can experience the fun firsthand.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.