Cultural innovation: a sensory-friendly event

We had the opportunity to participate in the preparation of a sensory-friendly event, and we also enjoy this! Bringing changes that change the established culture and open new possibilities for people. People who need a sensory safer environment to enjoy the experience could and did come to the event of the Absynt publishing house in Nová Cvernovka. On this site you will find graphic materials and instructions for the sensory-friendly "sf" symbol. It didn't exist until now, so we drew it. We offer it to anyone for use in organizing such an event. We believe that this "ligature" of ours will become a sign that will guide people with more sensitive sensory needs and guide them in choosing an experience.

This is how we presented a sensory-friendly event:

"More and more events are adapting to the needs of people who want to experience them without distractions: loud and sudden sounds, background noise, flashes of light, smells or other sensory surprises. These stimuli can be discomfort or even distressing pain. Considering sensory sensitivity is important for everyone, not just autistic people. Help us create a sensory friendly event!

1. Let's allow ourselves enough personal space so that everyone can breathe freely.

2. Do not take photos with a flash during the event.

3. Instead of applause, let's show enthusiasm and gratitude by freely waving our hands: jazz hands.

4. We will enable a transition to a safe corner for those experiencing overload.

5. Let's ask what form of greeting the other person prefers - a handshake, a touch of the elbow, a slight bow or a wave of the hand.

Something can be surprising and new. Something can make you feel awkward and insecure. Well, take it as a challenge: there are a thousand ways to enjoy pleasant moments! With jazz hands, we will also try out the feeling of stimming* with the hands, which is so popular with autistic people!

* Stimming is the repetition of movements, sounds or words. We all stim. When was the last time you tapped your pen, tapped your foot, hmm? In autistic and sensory sensitive people, stimming is seen more often. It can be a protective reaction, release of tension, but also pleasure and joy. In public, we are forced to suppress stimming, which takes away our mental health. And all you have to do is relax!"