PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY HOSTS MONTHLY SENSORY FRIENDLY SUNDAYS FILM SERIES AT THE PFS ROXY THEATER
APRIL LAUNCH COINCIDES WITH NATIONAL AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
(Monday, April 21, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA) – In recognition of April as National Autism Awareness Month, the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is proud to launch Sensory Friendly Sundays, an inclusionary monthly film screening series designed to consider children with developmental and behavioral disabilities.
International, award-winning, animated and live action feature films are presented in a sensory friendly environment, free from many of the traditional issues that make a trip to the movie theater challenging for some children.
The environment is designed to create accessibility for individuals who may have a heightened sensitivity to the darkness, visual effects, or volume of a traditional movie theater experience. To create a sensory friendly environment, theater house lights are partially raised and overall volume is reduced.
Furthermore, the traditional social expectations for silence and stillness in the theater are relaxed, extending the program’s reach to include children who may experience difficulty adhering to these standards.
“The program is all about awareness and accessibility,” said Allison Koehler, Education and Programs Director for the Philadelphia Film Society. “Launching in April affords us the opportunity to participate in national Autism Awareness month and the series is designed so that everyone feels welcomed and has the same opportunities to participate with PFS in the very exciting and dynamic world of contemporary film.”