Disability / Sensory Friendly Santa is Coming to Town!
We recently highlighted a story on DisabilityScoop.com about sensory friendly Santas holding events that are designed to be accessible for young persons and adults with disabilities. If you have ever attended a traditional gathering of jolly ole’ Saint Nick at your local mall or community center, you will remember the long lines, loud noises, and Santas that might not be exposed to the special needs population. This is usually NOT a sensory/communication friendly experience, but these Santas are looking to change all that.
These Santas are trained to look for cues from the parents and be accommodating in a multitude of ways. They want to adapt the Santa interaction in a way that makes the Christmas season one that everyone can enjoy. Some of these Santas are even trained in American Sign Language, making it that much easier to explain to Santa how much you REALLY REALLY REALLY want that new skateboard 😉
Sensory friendly activities are set up for those waiting to be occupied until it’s their turn to talk to “the big man.” You do need to reserve your spot ahead of time however. So we’ve gathered a list of all the upcoming dates for these events. Please check below and sign up to experience the holiday magic like you’ve never had before!
List of New Jersey Events
Voorhees Town Center
Menlo Park Mall
Ocean County Mall
Toms River, NJ
Quaker Bridge Mall
The Mills at Jersey Gardens
East Brunswick, NJ
December 2nd – https://pages.e2ma.net/pages/1796006/11582
We’ll update this list year after year so you never miss out on the following year’s activities. If you’d like to learn more about Easterseals, please visit our website.