These performances will include the following changes:
- Avoid loud or startling sounds
- Avoid bright stage lights
- House lights will be left on so that you can see around the theater
- Some seats will be left open so that patrons can move around during the performance
- Allow the use of tablets or smartphones for communication.
The Theater Development Fund Accessibility Program introduced in 2011 the Autism Theater Initiative, which allows theaters to be accessible to children and adults on the Autism spectrum. The first sensory friendly Broadway show was “The Lion King”.
In 2008, AMC theaters started presenting sensory friendly screenings of family movies on a monthly basis. During theses shows lights are turned up, sounds are lowered, and moving around and talking is acceptable. AMC Orange 30 and AMC Downtown Disney 12 offer these monthly screenings.
As seen in The Orange County Register.