Sensory Friendly Visits to Vermilionville are designed to better serve persons with sensory processing differences, their families and caregivers. We diligently focus on creating a more inclusive and welcoming museum experience. This program was developed utilizing research from other museum-based sensory tours, input from a Community Advisory Council (parents of autistic children), Autism Society of Acadiana (ASA) and Lafayette Parish School System.
*We strongly request pre-registration so that participants can be adequately prepared for their visit.
Families who pre-register will receive a "social story" to assist in preparing their child for the event. On the day of the visit, Vermilionville will open early to allow families an opportunity to tour the village and folklife park - before regular business hours - for an hour and a half.
Once the village is open, the sensory friendly accommodations will remain in place for an additional hour. Vermilionville will offer a “passport” designed to celebrate the success of your child’s visit, sensory signage, quiet rooms and fidgets.
At 9:30 a.m., a designated craft area with spring planting and wild bird crafts will also be available. All staff members working this event will undergo a training session to better understand diverse processes and assist participants.
The fee is $10 per family.
To pre-register, more information, concerns or questions, please contact Education Coordinator Melanie Harrington at Education@BayouVermilionDistrict.org. Or, give her a call at 337-233-4077 x. 206.
We look forward to having you as our guest!