PENSACOLA, Fla. – June 7, 2021 – Autism Pensacola (API) and Regions Bank Monday announced the dates for Sensory Street, an interactive sensory experience for children, families, and people affected by autism to practice learned skills. Sensory Street will take place June 25-26 from 9 a.m – 2 p.m. at the Historic Pensacola Museum of Commerce, at 201 Zaragoza Street. The event will be free and is open to the public. Registrations are requested to allow visitors to properly social distance and maximize sensory booth experiences.
“Sensory Street is geared toward demonstrating the challenges faced by people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in an effort to spread awareness of autism and promote inclusion of those affected by it into the local community,” said Mary McClellan, executive director of Autism Pensacola. “In a world where things like using an ATM, understanding traffic safety, or going for a job interview are second-nature, it’s sometimes easy to overlook how challenging those situations are for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.”
Booths and stations sponsored by Sensory Street donors will line the inside of the Museum and offer awareness activities related to certain behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorder. Guests will have the opportunity to participate as they travel through each space. Booths will offer such activities as a warehouse sorting station, a doctor’s appointment demonstration, money basics and ATM usage, mock job interviews, the making of a calming jar, and more.
“People with autism and their families face social and communication challenges every day. The opportunity that Sensory Street provides to see the world through the eyes of someone with autism is unique and extremely valuable,” said Scott Barrow, Regions Bank’s market executive for Pensacola. “More importantly, this exhibit encourages us all to continually look for ways to promote inclusivity, encourage greater awareness and celebrate skills and talents of people of all abilities.”
Prior to the two general public days, children from API’s Kids for Camp will journey through the Sensory Street stations to experience for themselves all that the exhibit has to offer. Children from other area camps and summer programs will also be invited.
Click here to register to attend Sensory Street. For more information about Sensory Street or Autism Pensacola, visit www.autismpensacola.org or call (850) 434-7171. Regions Bank is the lead donor for Sensory Street.
About Autism Pensacola
Autism Pensacola Inc. is a Florida 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving individuals and families in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties who are affected by autism. API is the leading resource for autism support, programs, education, and networking opportunities for those individuals and their families, and strives to promote autism awareness, inclusion, and acceptance throughout the Gulf Coast Panhandle.
About Regions Financial Corporation
Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $145 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,400 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.