Festival Sensory Inclusion Program
The Festival is committed to providing equal access to all participants. Supports such as calming areas, enhanced wayfinding, social stories and inclusion kits, equipped with noise- and light-dampening devices, are available for use during your visit.
Feature Performances and Dodecalis Luminarium include sensory considerations. Please consider these as general guidelines as we recognize that parents and teachers are the best judges of what is most appropriate for their children and students.
Festival Social Stories
Social Stories were devised as a tool to help individuals better understand the nuances of interpersonal communication so that they could interact in an effective and appropriate manner. They are available to help children prepare in advance for their Festival experience and what to expect while on site.
Inclusion kits will be available on loan during Festival. Kits include one pair of noise-dampening headphones and one pair of sunglasses. Kits may be picked up for a one-day loan at the Information booth along Heritage Trail (a driver’s license will be required to receive a loaned kit).
Alternatively, kits will also be available for one-time use at all of our Feature Performance venues; St. Albert Curling Club, Father Jan, Red Willow Place and The Arden Theatre.
* Limited quantities are available
The Festival is full of large crowds, surprises and sounds that may cause an individual to feel uncomfortable. We will have two Calming Spaces available onsite to assist in these situations (see Festival map for zone locations). These spaces are available should any of our patrons require a place to sit and regroup after being overstimulated. They will have low lighting, less noise and sensory supports inside.
Ask any staff member or volunteer if you need to access one of these spaces. We also have plenty of green space that can act as calming zones should the outdoors be more suitable for you. Some areas to note are Lions Park behind the St. Albert Curling Club, north of The Children's Bridge and Celebration Garden, just east of The Healing Garden.
A very important component of Festival Inclusion is staff training. Festival staff and key volunteers are participating in training sessions to raise their awareness of what it means to be inclusive, and to inform them about the services offered at Festival. We will also be incorporating this information into all our general volunteer training sessions. This will ensure all staff and volunteers can support our patrons during their Festival experience.
Thank you to our Funders, In-kind Sponsors and Community Partners
- Inclusion Alberta
- Inclusion Edmonton
- Centre for Autism Services Alberta
- Autism Edmonton
- Dogs with Wings
Last edited: January 16, 2020