Lincoln Children’s Zoo is now a Sensory Inclusive™ Organization.
The Zoo partnered with KultureCity® to become a Certified Sensory Inclusive™ Organization, and this new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with a sensory issue, no matter their age or ability. Lincoln Children’s Zoo is the first Sensory Inclusive™ certified organization in Nebraska.
“We are incredibly excited to partner with KultureCity® to make the Zoo a more inclusive destination. The Zoo strives to be a welcoming place for everyone to enjoy memorable, educational, and enriching experiences and with this initiative, we can help those with sensory needs feel welcomed and included,” said Evan Killeen, Lincoln Children’s Zoo CEO.
The certification process ensures that the Lincoln Children’s Zoo staff are trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. KultureCity® Sensory Bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and KCVIP lanyard will be available to all Zoo guests who may need it. Lap pads are also available.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which can be a major part of the events or services at an organization like Lincoln Children’s Zoo. With its new certification, the Zoo is now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.
Prior to their visit, families and individuals can download the free KultureCity® App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them including, how to get a KultureCity® Sensory Bag. Also, on the App is the Social Story which will provide a customized visual preview of what to expect while visiting the Zoo.
“Our communities shape our lives and to know that Lincoln Children’s Zoo is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in community experiences is amazing. We’re honored to partner with the Zoo to provide a truly inclusive experience for all clients!” - Uma Srivastava, Executive Director, KultureCity®
KultureCity® is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using its resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs, not just those with autism. Since the program’s inception, KultureCity® has created over 1,000 Sensory Inclusive™ public and private services, organizations, events and venues in 6 countries: this includes special events such as the NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, MLB World Series, and MLB All Star Weekend.