About Sensory Friendly Solutions

“Sensory overload is overwhelming, but the solutions can be simple.”

This is my mantra of simplicity that drives the training solutions and products our little team at Sensory Friendly Solutions creates for you.

-Christel Seeberger, Founder and CEO

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Christel Seeberger, Founder and CEO of Sensory Friendly Solutions

About me, Founder and CEO

Working in health care for over 30 years, I saw how sensory sensitivity and sensory overload caused people to feel overwhelmed, anxious, stressed and withdrawn from daily life. 

Throughout my career, I have worked with individuals across the lifespan, from toddlers to adults, and my oldest client was 106! 

I have also worked in many different settings in Canada and the USA:  homes, private clinics, hospitals, community, schools, summer camp, a specialty seating clinic, nursing homes, and a pre-school autism agency, to name a few!

I noticed that people of all ages simply stopped living life fully and participating in what was meaningful for them, when they could not find sensory-friendly experiences at work, at home, at school, in their community, or when they travelled.

With the disability of adult-onset hearing loss, I understand these problems personally through my own lived experience.  Despite the best possible hearing aids and assistive technology, there are places I won’t go and things I won’t do, because I cannot participate when I get there; they just aren’t sensory-friendy.

I founded Sensory Friendly Solutions in 2016 to make the world more-sensory-friendly, accessible and inclusive by training businesses and organizations to offer sensory-friendly, accessible and inclusive events, locations and experiences for their customers, clients, and teams.

Please join me on my mission, let’s include more people like me, and make them feel like they belong in this world, too.

-Christel

Sensory Friendly Solutions Is a Woman-Owned, Disability-Owned, B Corp™ Certified Social Enterprise.

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Why choose Sensory Friendly Solutions?

  • Since 2016, Sensory Friendly Solutions has worked to achieve its mission as a B Corp™ Certified social enterprise: make the world more sensory-friendly, accessible and inclusive. 
  • Founder and CEO Christel Seeberger has worked in health care for over 30 years.
  • Christel is a person with a hearing disability and has lived experience with sensory sensitivy and sensory overload.
  • We launched the world’s first podcast about sensory differences and sensory-friendly solutions and it is being downloaded around the globe. The podcast includes interviews with accessibility and inclusion leaders, as well as people with lived experience.
  • We have a growing newsletter with over 1000 subscribers interested in sensory-friendly living, as well as delivering sensory-friendly experiences at events and locations.
  • We offer free resources for people, businesses and organizations with well over 100 blog posts.
  • We deliver online, on demand training and custom virtual training to businesses and organizations.
  • Our training is evidence-informed and co-constructed with people with different disabilities. 

Support diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and accessiblity by being sensory-friendly.

33% of people experience sensory differences.

Did you know that up to 33% of the population is more likely to experience sensory sensitivity or sensory overload? Children, adults and seniors alike often find events, locations and experiences too busy, too noisy and too bright.

They are your customers and clients. Your employees and team members. Your family and friends. Make your space more accessible for 1/3 of the population from what you learn with our sensory-friendly training membership.

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graphic of a blue iceberg with the words sensory sensitivity and sensory overload are just the tip of the iceberg with the names of many disabilities below the water surface such as ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and so on.

Many disabilities, disorders and differences contribute to the increasing demand for sensory-friendly experiences at locations or events.

In fact, sensory sensitivity and sensory overload aren’t just experiences by disabled persons.  They can be experienced by anyone, at any time.

Be part of the solution that makes more people comfortable when you become trained.

Purpose

Be the world-recognized leader helping people, businesses, and organizations offer sensory-friendly solutions.  Empower the community with knowledge, skills, and products to be accessible and inclusive. 

Mission

Make the world more sensory-friendly, accessible and inclusive.

Vision

A world where more people feel comfortable.

Values

Value what is simple, informs and inspires change.

 Our Social Responsibility

Social Enterprise

Sensory Friendly Solutions (SFS) is a social enterprise and became a Certified B Corporation™ in 2022.  As an impact business, SFS meets the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, while actively supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Discover more about the Sensory Friendly Solutions’ social impact story from Social Innovation Canada and our announcement of attaining B Corp Certification

Humanity

Sensory Friendly Solutions’ mission is to help people live meaningful lives, particularly people with disabilities who experience sensory sensitivity and sensory overload.  Partnering with disability organizations, along with other social and environmental impact businesses and organizations, and engaging with the needs of people looking for sensory-friendly solutions are key to our operations.

Community

Collaboration with other social purpose organizations, businesses and charities occurs in our community and around the world with global partners.

Territory Acknowledgement

We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land on which our home office gathers is on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Maliseet and Mi’Kmaq people whose ancestors, along with the Passamaquoddy Tribes signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the British Crown in the 1700s. We would like to take this moment to pay respect to the elders, past and present, and the descendants of this traditional territory.

Furthermore, we recognize that this acknowledgement is only the first step in forging our understanding to challenge colonialism’s legacies.

Diversity and Labour

Critical to our mission, Sensory Friendly Solutions fosters the social and economic inclusion of people with disabilities.  Promoting SFS employees’ health and safety, respecting the law, and ensuring business operations are legitimate.  SFS establishes and honours internal best practices policies, conduct business with integrity, and adheres to sound business ethics and practices.

Environment

Sensory Friendly Solutions recognizes the need to protect the natural environment; keeping it clean and unpolluted benefits everyone. Above and beyond any legal obligations, the SFS team recycles, practices a zero-work-travel policy, and adopts environmentally friendly technologies and best practices.  Specifically, SFS supports the reduction of noise pollution and light pollution in public spaces as part of being sensory-friendly.

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Good Health and Well-Being, UN SDG Goal 3.

SFS supports healthy lives and promotes well-being for all by disseminating knowledge and awareness of sensory-friendly solutions in daily life for people with disabilities. SFS enables people to do participate in daily living that supports health and well-being.  SFS informs and inspires healthcare change to be accessible and inclusive.

 

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Quality Education, UN SDG Goal 4.

SFS supports inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities by supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in our training development and by sharing free knowledge resources, like blogs and podcasts.
 
 
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Decent Work and Economic Growth, UN SDG Goal 8.

SFS promotes sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all by making workplaces more sensory-friendly, accessible and inclusive, in particular for people with disabilities and hidden disabilities. 

 

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Reduce Inequalities, UN SDG Goal 10.

SFS supports reducing inequalities within and among countries by supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of daily life, at home, at school, at work, in their communities and traveling around the world.

 

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Sustainable Cities and Communities, UN SDG Goal 11.

SFS helps to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by helping businesses, events, locations and organizations adopt sensory-friendly solutions as part of accessibility and inclusion. SFS supports the inclusion of more people in meaningful daily life along with decreasing noise pollution and light pollution by managing the sensory experience in buildings and public spaces. SFS supports planning and design practices that improve environmental conditions and meet societal needs of the now and the future. 

Who we are

Founder and CEO

Founder and CEO Christel Seeberger has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy,  over 30 years’ experience in the field, and is a person with the lived experience of a hearing disability, who experiences sensory overload and sensory sensitivity.

Research Assistants

A team of 4 to 6 research assistants with undergraduate degrees in related fields like health sciences, kinesiology, social entrepreneurship, social sciences, and who are  studying at the graduate level in relevant fields like occupational therapy or health informatics. 

Sensory Experience Advisors

In addition to reviewing the latest research and evidence, we consult widely, and pay people with the lived experience of sensory overload and sensory sensitivity to inform our materials.

What we do

Training

  • Pick from 2 different training membership levels, Fundamentals or All Access to get the courses you need to start or continue your sensory-friendly journey for your team and your customers.
  • Request a live, virtual training call, just for your specific questions.
  • Apply for a custom training package to audit a specific event, location or experience.

Certification

  • Train your team of key staff.
  • Get 10 sessions of highly customized virtual training.
  • Includes a detailed audit.
  • Receive highly coveted sensory-friendly solutions certification for your business or organization.
  • Show your team and your customers your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Products

Sign up for our newsletter to learn when new products are launched.

  • Sensory Calming Cards, a 52 deck of cards with inspiration to help you manage your sensory overload.
  • An 8 Senses Bookmark to guide you through checking in with how you feel and what you need when sensory sensitivity is part of your experience

Sensory Friendly Solutions in the media

Our training makes it easier for you to include more people.

#JoinTheMission to make the world more sensory-friendly, #LessBusyLessNoisyLessBright, and the people, businesses and organizations who are already a part of #TrainAMillion, changing the world for the better.

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Sensory Friendly Solutions is a Certified B Corp™.

B Corporation Certification is a designation that a business meets a high standard of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors such as supporting its workers, serving underrepresented populations in the community, sustaining the environment, and creating positive social impact for its customers.

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