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CT Autism Speaks and Bow Tie Cinema Hosts Sensory Friendly Showing of Madagascar!

MadagascarManaging 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
10:00 am
Bow Tie Cinema
100 Quarry Road
Trumbull, CT 06611
(203) 365-6500

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 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!


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Luis Rolando

This is definitely a nice thing for these kids. We had a similar showing here in Northern California (Sunnyvale) for the same movie. My 4 year old has sensory issues and cannot go to a regular theatre and my 3 year old is on the spectrum. They both sat for the duration, laugh, talked, scream, etc. It was great - takes the pressure off the parents to try to keep them quiet while the movie is showing. I congratulated and thanked the theatre management for being in tune with special needs children.


And we appreciate it, Diana. Snowcaps for breakfast! Whoo hooo! (Enjoy Life chocolate for the kids.)

Diana Yeisley

I give full credit to ASA and the local chapters who have done this in other areas of the country and think it is wonderful that they have such a great realtionship with AMC. Here in CT, we have no AMC theaters anywhere and the local ASA chapter, ASCONN, could not get this off the ground, so I did. I am happy to keep expanding this as much as I can, and will continue to keep cost in mind.




What a fabulous idea. My son has never been to the movie theatre since I know the loud volume would be too much for his sensory sensitive ears to handle. Hope this makes it's way to South Florida!


I just wanted to add that the small non profit agency I work for here in Massachusetts (Community Autism Resources) has been doing sensory friendly and FREE family movie days for our families for over two years now. We also had a showing of Madagasgar 2 the week after it opened in Braintree MA.
I guess good ideas do catch on!


These started from AMC (based in KC) with the help of the ASA chapter here, Autism Society of the Heartland.


ASA has been doing this for a number of months in our area-Austin TX. I think its a great idea as well.


It's only $5 and that's a great price. Sometimes FREE causes trouble. A small fee also keep the pride intact.



Nice! One step better would have been to make this event free to families affected by autism, since most of us are broke from treating our kids. On Long Island, the local chapter of the ASA does this all the time, especially during school breaks. Just this weekend, we had the movies and rollerskating- all closed to the public and free for families affected by autism. It is the best organization that I know!! I try to direct most of my fundraising toward the NSASA because they really do amazing things for my kids.

Hopefully there will be more special events in your area, and hopefully someone will realize that the organization can pay for them as a service to the community.

Enjoy the movie!

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