The Rochester Red Wings partnered with Autism Speaks for a second year to host Autism Awareness Day at Frontier Field on Saturday. The Wings hosted the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
The Red Wings and Autism Speaks aimed to create an environment that allows families dealing with autism to enjoy a day at Frontier Field while also raising awareness for autism, a disorder that affects one in 59 children in the U.S.
“Every April Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Month with autism-friendly events and educational activities around the local community to increase understanding and acceptance and foster support,” Senior Coordinator of Autism Speaks, Jessica Joanis, said.
Some components of Autism Awareness Day are as follows:
· Lower volume levels throughout the stadium along with other fan-friendly adjustments
· In-game production will be altered to minimize abrupt sound effects and video board displays
· Fans are asked to refrain from bringing “noise makers” to Saturday’s game
· A limited number of blue pom-poms will be available at the Autism Speaks table to substitute for noise makers
· A Safe Zone located in Club 3000 will be open all game long for children in need of a quiet reprieve from the game.
· Designated Autism Aware Section, reserved exclusively for guests with family members on the autism spectrum.
· Various items and ballpark experiences available via Live Source with proceeds that will benefit autism awareness
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