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Attending community events can be overwhelming – especially for people with disabilities. Imagine navigating the busy and noisy surroundings of a local outdoor festival or special event without having access to a space that promotes sensory regulation.

With SootheSpace, people with disabilities – and their family and friends – will have a safe space where light, texture and sound create an ideal atmosphere to escape from a sensory-rich environment. SootheSpace is a portable sensory room which creates an ideal environment for recentering.

Our hope is that SootheSpaces will be as common as first aid tents or kits, so people of all abilities can maximize their enjoyment and attendance at community events without getting overstimulated or having to leave early.

What people are saying about SootheSpace

“It’s as if you created [SootheSpace] just for my family. I wish you were at the pumpkin patch we visited yesterday. I hope to see you on many more of our family outings.” -Parent of three children

Special Recognition

Director Engelhardt and Board Member Niemela on a stage accepting an award.

SootheSpace was featured in the Illinois Park and Recreation Association Magazine (Nov/Dec 2022 Edition)

SootheSpace received the 2023 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Innovation in Equity Award

(Pictured on the left are Board Member Allison Niemela (left) and Director Alex Engelhardt (right) accepting the Innovation in Equity Award)



Where to find SootheSpace

The list of locations you can find SootheSpace will be updated as they are scheduled. Many events are FREE and open to the public! Visit each event website to learn more about the event or fees associated with admission.

  • February 24: Project Dance – St. Charles North High School
  • May 19, 2024: MDA Muscle Walk – Cantigny Park
  • July 10, 2024: Day in the Park
  • August 10, 2024: FVSRA Family Fun Day
  • September 5, 2024: Blackberry Farms Touch A Truck – Fox Valley Park District

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We are thankful for everyone who has supported this project!

Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence
Batavia Mother’s Club
Batavia Rotary
City of Aurora, through its Innovation and Core Services Department – Community Services Division
Fox Valley Special Recreation Foundation – event attendees and individual donors
Geneva Community Chest Foundation
Kane County Board, through its Office of Community Reinvestment, with funds from the Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino.
Kane County American Rescue Plan
Northwestern Medicine

Let’s expand SootheSpace in 2024. Donations and grants are greatly appreciated.  Contact Alex Engelhardt, Executive Director for more information. Thank you!

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