Individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions often experience challenges with sensory regulation. The zoo can be overwhelming for some due to crowds, noises from both human visitors and animal residents and more. Potter Park Zoo, in Lansing, recognizing this, has taken steps to become certified as a sensory inclusive environment by KultureCity. Zoo staff are now prepared to assist visitors with sensory sensitivities and ensure they have a comfortable and accommodating experience, as well as providing sensory bags, free of charge, that are equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads, available to all Zoo guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. These visitors will also be able to use the designated quiet room for a quieter and more secure environment. There are currently three other certified locations in Michigan: Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park and the Fox Theater.
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