In an ongoing effort to help those with autism, the Philadelphia Eagles this season have created a sensory room at Lincoln Financial Field.
The 500-square-foot room at the Linc was created for fans with autism and other sensory challenges to provide a quiet and safe space. The Linc has also been certified as a sensory-inclusive stadium.
According to a news release from the team, the Eagles are one of the first sports franchises to build a room like this.
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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia collaborated with the Eagles on the sensory room. Autism research has become an important initiative for the Eagles and owner Jeffrey Lurie, whose brother Peter has autism. The Eagles' public practice on Sunday night raised over $500K for autism research.
"With the opening of Lincoln Financial Field in 2003, we made it an organizational priority to create a one-of-a-kind experience for guests in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment," Lurie said in a statement.
"It is truly heartwarming to know that this state-of-the-art sensory room will now provide a sense of ease and comfort for families and loved ones who may be experiencing sensory challenges at Lincoln Financial Field. In this moment, we are creating a major shift from autism awareness to action, and it is all thanks to our compassionate and caring fans, Eagles Autism Challenge supporters, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the autism community around the world.
The sensory room is just a part of the Linc getting certified as a sensory-inclusive stadium. The process also included training for Eagles employees and Lincoln Financial Field staff to "recognize guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation."
Sensory bags including noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads are also made available to guests.
Guests who might need these services can download the KultureCity app to learn about what sensory features the Linc offers.
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