Some NYC theaters, museums offer autism-friendly days - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Some NYC theaters, museums offer autism-friendly days

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Paola Jordan's 6-year-old twins have autism. She says it's a challenge to go to public places. But the Fraunces Tavern Revolutionary War museum in Lower Manhattan is one of the few autism-friendly spaces in the city. It has started offering designated days to families with autistic children to enjoy.

The New Victory Theater on West 42nd Street also offers autism-friendly performances. This idea is thanks to Autism Friendly Spaces, a nonprofit group that works with Broadway theaters, museums, and restaurants to make them accessible and comfortable on designated days to people with autism.

The theater has an activity area where children can color or sit on a bean bag, which is comforting and calming. The theater also provides pinwheels and bubbles. The deep breathing can alleviate anxiety. The theater also gives parents special cards. Some people with autism cannot speak, so if they have to go to the bathroom, they point to it on the card. Or if the music is too loud, they point to the card to let someone know they need to get out of the theater.

The organization has also worked with some Broadway shows, including "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" and "The Lion King." For designated autism-friendly shows, the music is lowered and the house lights in the theater stay on.

Donia Fahim, the co-founder and director of Autism Friendly Spaces, says the group hoping to expand the idea to amusement parks and vacation destinations, which would open up a whole new world to families.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Some StubHub accounts breached

    Some StubHub accounts breached

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:34:20 GMT
    Six people were indicted Wednesday in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game and Broadway shows like "The Book of Mormon," the Manhattan district attorney said. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the thieves would then resell the tickets and split up the proceeds.
    Six people were indicted Wednesday in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game and Broadway shows like "The Book of Mormon," the Manhattan district attorney said. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the thieves would then resell the tickets and split up the proceeds.
  • Bloomberg flies to Israel in show of support

    Bloomberg flies to Israel in show of support

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:12:27 GMT
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel via a commercial El Al flight despite an FAA ban on U.S.-based airlines flying to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bloomberg on the tarmac outside the El Al jet Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport.
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel via a commercial El Al flight despite an FAA ban on U.S.-based airlines flying to Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bloomberg on the tarmac outside the El Al jet Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  • Port Authority to plan for new bus terminal

    Port Authority to plan for new bus terminal

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:02:29 GMT
    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is discussing a new main bus terminal. The 64-year-old Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan has come under criticism from New Jersey lawmakers who say their constituents have to deal with long delays, substandard conditions and a lack of communication.
    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is discussing a new main bus terminal. The 64-year-old Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan has come under criticism from New Jersey lawmakers who say their constituents have to deal with long delays, substandard conditions and a lack of communication.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices