Sensory Saturdays at Manatee Lagoon: An Autism Acceptance Month Initiative

By Julia Bauer
Mom and baby manatee swimming together

Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center® is launching Sensory Saturdays, an Autism Acceptance Month initiative, May 18. Registration is now open.

What is the Sensory Saturday Initiative?

Sensory Saturdays will take place the third Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., according to the Manatee Lagoon press release. The center will create a “sensory-friendly atmosphere” with modified low lighting, reduced noise and smaller crowds. They will also provide “sensory-friendly kits with activities tailored to individual needs.”

The center invites those interested in this initiative to register for the first Sensory Saturday event. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Expanding Inclusivity

This initiative “aims to create a more inclusive environment for individuals with autism and related disabilities, as well as those with sensory sensitivities,” according to the press release.

Recently, the center officially became a certified Autism Friendly Business through the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), according to the press release. Manatee Lagoon team members received “specialized training” that provided them with an increased “understanding and sensitivity for autism and related disabilities.”

This certification – along with the Sensory Saturday initiative – demonstrates the center’s dedication to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment.

“Becoming an Autism Friendly Business ensures that we are creating a space where all visitors feel valued and included so that everyone can enjoy this special place,” Zack Greenberg, the Manatee Lagoon manager, said in the press release.

About the Center

Manatee Lagoon is a free educational center in Palm Beach County, according to the press release. The 16,000-square-foot center includes an up-close manatee viewing area and hands-on exhibits about Lake Worth Lagoon.

Learn more here.

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