Managing Editor's Note: So, do you remember the hell I raised over the jewelry fund raiser for Autism Speaks here in Connecticut? Well, Autism Speaks' Diana Yeisley has put together an event (not a fund raiser) that I think is just fantastic. And I'm a big believer that while we can disagree within the community, we can also celebrate great ideas. Diana has organized movie theaters to have "sensory friendly" showings of Madagascar. No previews to bore our kids to death. The volume is a little bit lower. The lights are up a bit. And we can bring in our own GFCF snacks! The event was such a success in Simsbury, CT she's added a showing at the Bow Tie Theatre in Trumbull. Mia, Gianna, Bella, Mark and I will be there with bells on!
Thank you to Diana for the wonderful idea. I won't have on fancy jewelry (sigh...) but an easy movie with the kids is a good as 18K gold! If you're in the area, join us! I'll live blog it too. Here's Diana's note to the CT autism groups with details below:
Hello Everyone -
Due to the OVERWHELMING response that I got from the 2 showings that were done in Simsbury last weekend, I contacted another theater and will be bringing the same thing to Trumbull on December 6th!
Sensory Friendly Movie Showing:
Saturday, December 6th
Bow Tie Cinema
100 Quarry Road
Trumbull, CT 06611
Autism Speaks and Bow Tie Cinema would like to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy a movie in a safe and accepting environment and he has agreed to special provisions for this showing. In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for individuals with ASD or Sensory Disorders, the auditorium will have the lights brought up, the sound turned down, there will be no commercials or previews before the movie is shown and audience members are welcomed to get up and dance, sing, walk, shout, hop - basically the Silence is Golden rule is being thrown out the window and will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is in question.
In addition, families are able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks to enjoy during the movie. The concession will be open, but may bring in any beverage or snack that they do not sell at the theater.
Please contact Diana Yeisley at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to go to this showing (this is for theater capacity purposes...) or if you have further questions.
See you at the movies!