The Smith Center is committed to providing inclusive programs and presentations for people of all ages, perspectives, and abilities. Our sensory friendly opportunities aim to increase access and inclusion for individuals and families impacted by autism spectrum disorders and other intellectual or developmental disabilities.
WHAT MAKES A PROGRAM OR PRESENTATION SENSORY FRIENDLY?
- A welcoming, inclusive environment for all guests or participants
- Relaxed theater etiquette rules enabling guests to enter and exit the space as needed
- Ability to use mobile devices for communication purposes
- Modification of house lights during the performance and reduction of jarring sounds
- Quiet areas established in lobbies or lounges for individuals who may want to take a break from the performance or program, monitored by a certified volunteer
- Supportive staff and volunteers
SENSORY FRIENDLY PROGRAM TOOLS
Attending an upcoming sensory friendly event at The Smith Center? These tools will help you know what to expect.
The Lion King (Sensory Friendly Performance)
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM
More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING, and now you can, too, when Las Vegas’ best-loved musical premieres at The Smith Center. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING….
- Workshops with Ryan Hourigan – Music and Children with Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers (2014) and Music Making with Children with Autism (2018)
- Workshops with Kevin Spencer – Hocus Focus: Teaching Magic Tricks to Special Needs Children – Especially High Functioning Autism (2016)
- Sensory Friendly performances of Shh! We Have A Plan (April 2018)
A SPECIAL THANK YOU
The Smith Center’s Education and Outreach Department extends its thanks to the staff and clinicians at Grant A Gift Autism Foundation, Touro University Nevada Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, UNLV Ackerman Center for Autism, FEAT of Southern Nevada, Nevada PEP, Opportunity Village, Sport Social, Wellman Therapy Services, Autism Coalition of Nevada, and the Center for Child and Family Development for their guidance and support.