Sensory kits will help more people feel welcome at Milton recreation centres

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Published May 2, 2023 at 4:43 pm

The Town of Milton wants to make recreation centres available to everyone in the community, regardless of their specific needs.

To that end, sensory kits to assist residents who are neurodivergent and have sensory needs, are now available to make them feel comfortable and welcome visiting the centres.

The sensory kits will be available without cost at the Milton Sports Centre, Milton Leisure Centre and Sherwood Community Centre.

The kits provide self-soothing tactile items that can help reduce the anxiety and stress an individual may experience in unfamiliar or overwhelming environments.

“The introduction of sensory kits is another step towards helping neurodivergent visitors feel comfortable and welcome in our recreation centres,” said Steve Palmer, director, Recreation & Culture.

“We are excited that this initiative will continue to remove barriers and foster inclusive spaces for everyone.”

Each kit includes noise-cancelling ear covers, fidget toys, weighted lap pads, and textured seat cushions.

Visitors can request a sensory kit at the customer service desk of a participating recreation centre. Kits are available for use on site, on a first-come, first-served basis during business hours.

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