This program provides free access for families of children, teenagers, young adults and adults who would benefit from a quieter, sensory-friendly and disability-adapted experience at the museum.
Guests who are neurodiverse, autistic, or have other disabilities are welcome to participate in the optional activities listed below, or explore museum exhibition galleries at their own pace.
An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, sponsored by Colonial Life, is available during the morning provided by certified interpreters through the SC School for the Deaf and Blind. Activities featuring ASL interpretation are noted (ASL) below.
With Halloween right around the corner, feel free to dress up and join us for some early-trick-or-treating during this event with each community partner table having allergy-free, nut-free treats available for trick-or-treating.
General Admission to Accessibility Morning is FREE for participants.
Accessibility Morning Schedule:
9 – 11 a.m. | Open exploration of museum exhibitions.
9 – 11 a.m. | American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter available.
9 – 11 a.m. | Sensory Room Available - A special room offering a therapeutic space with a variety of items to help guests find their calm and focus themselves so they can better experience the museum.
9 – 10 a.m. | Program Partners Present - Get to know our program partners, learn more about their work, and see how they can be a resource for you and your family.
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. | Character Meet-and-Greet with Pete the Cat (ASL)
9:45 a.m. | Select Sensory Show – SCOOB! 4D (ASL)
10:30 a.m. | Dark History Tour with ASL Interpreter (ASL)
*Sensory Friendly Shows will alternate monthly between planetarium and 4D theater experiences. Shows feature lowered volume, however 4D experiences still include enhanced effects, including scents, bursts of air, rumbling seats, leg ticklers, bubbles and snow, lighting effects, and squirts of water. Accessibility Morning shows are free but space is limited.
Here are some things the museum has on-hand that may help you throughout your visit. Please let our educators know if you need assistance.
- Sensory Calming Room
- Noise canceling headphones
- Sensory bags*
- ASL Interpreter on-site
- Fidget tools
- Weighted lap pads
- Wobble Cushions
- Assistive Listening Devices in the planetarium and 4D theaters. Please see theater attendants.
- Open captioning in the planetarium at the 9:45am show
- Closed captioning devices in the 4D theater. Please see theater attendant.
- Descriptive audio in the 4D theater. Please see theater attendant.
- Portable magnifiers
*Sensory bags are available for rent and include a variety of fidget tools and noise canceling headphones. Please let us know if you’d like to use one during your visit today!