CHICAGO (CBS)– Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is expanding their accessibility offerings designed to assist guests with autism or sensory processing disorder.
The Shedd’s updated sensory-friendly mobile app features maps and visit tips to help guests navigate the exhibits and ease anxiety. The app, which is now offered in Spanish, includes information about exhibits including photos, tips on temperatures and noise levels.READ MORE: Protesters Say Benet Academy In Lisle Rescinded Lacrosse Coach's Job Offer Because She Is A Lesbian
The Shedd also offers a “Quiet Room” during peak hours on Thursday through Sunday so guests can step away from the crowds.READ MORE: Civic Federation President Calls Mayor Lightfoot's $16.7 Billion Budget Plan 'Good News,' But Some Aldermen Aren't Sold On Specifics
According to the Shedd, the rooms are “designed for single family or single person use, includes comfortable seating, adjustable lighting, weighted lap pad, sound reducing headphones and a prayer rug.”
Extended hours are available for guests with disabilities to experience the aquarium in a “comfortable and accepting environment.” The extended hours will be offered on March 17 from 8 to 10 a.m. as well as on May 6 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.MORE NEWS: Extra-Alarm Fire Rages In Historic Pilsen Building
Tickets for the extended hours are available online for $24.95.