CREATING SAFE SENSORY SPACES EVERYWHERE!
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 environment for recentering. SootheSpace is a portable safe space where light, texture and sound create 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
Where to find SootheSpace
The list of locations you can find SootheSpace will be updated here as they are scheduled. Check back for more details!
We are thankful for everyone who has supported this project!
Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence
Batavia Mother’s Club
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
Let’s expand SootheSpace in 2023. Donations and grants are greatly appreciated. Contact Alex Engelhardt, Executive Director for more information. Thank you!