For many families of children with autism, family outings can be daunting due to sensory and behavioral challenges. Chuck E. Cheese, the popular restaurant franchise, has begun accommodating families living with autism through a new initiative.
On the first Sunday of every month, the restaurant opens two hours early for families of children with autism and related special needs. While the arcade games and the full menu are still available, the lights are turned down and the overhead music and character show are turned off, to accommodate the sensory needs of children with autism.
According to its website, Chuck. E. Cheese has been hosting this initiative, titled “Sensory Sensitive Sunday,” since 2016, when it partnered with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders to turn its restaurants into a sensory-sensitive space. Over the past few years, several other major institutions have taken steps to accommodate families of children with autism, including major sports stadiums and airports.
“CARD also gave us training materials to provide to our staff that explains what autism is, some of the characteristics that may be observed, and useful tips for a morning at Chuck E. Cheese,” the Chuck E. Cheese website explains. Source: https://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20200105/chuck-e-cheese-offers-sunday-fun-for-children-with-autism