About Sensory Friendly Solutions

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

–  Founder & CEO, Christel Seeberger

Headshot of Christel Seeberger
Sensory Friendly Solutions Founder Christel Seeberger. Photo by Kelly Lawson.

Why “Sensory Friendly Solutions?”

Many people look for sensory-friendly solutions in daily life.

Working in health care for over 25 years, Christel Seeberger saw how sensory sensitivity and sensory overload caused people to feel anxious and worried.

It made people feel isolated and alone. They stopped doing what was meaningful and important in their daily lives. Families ceased doing things together. People of all ages stopped travelling. They even avoided going out in their local communities. School became a place of stress. Workplaces became intolerable.

With adult-onset hearing loss, Christel understands these problems personally; she also experiences sensory sensitivity and sensory overload.

Christel founded Sensory Friendly Solutions in 2016 to make sensory-friendly solutions readily available to people, businesses and organizations.

We help people, businesses and organizations find the sensory-friendly solutions they seek.  Empowering them with knowledge and awareness to change, we make the world more sensory-friendly.  Together, we help make daily life better, and we help include more people.

A challenge that is more common than you think.

Sensory sensitivity and sensory overload affect people of all ages and have multiple, different underlying causes.

For some people, sensory challenges relate to a diagnosis like anxiety, autism, concussion, learning disability, hearing loss, or PTSD.  You probably know a least one person who has a hidden disability.  At Sensory Friendly Solutions, we have a running list of over twenty-five diagnoses that make people prone to sensory sensitivity and sensory overload.

For other people, the world often feels too busy, too noisy or too bright.  For some people, it feels that way every single day. For most people, sensory sensitivity and sensory overload are hidden disabilities, that are not apparent, but affect their daily lives at home, school, work, in their communities and when they travel.

Infographic showing various kinds of people in a circle. One third are in grey. Text next to infographic reads "33% of the population is likely to experience sensory sensitivity or sensory overload. Sensory Friendly Solutions, internal report data, 2021"

Purpose

Help people, businesses, and organizations discover sensory-friendly solutions that empower them with knowledge and understanding to enable change for the better. 

Mission

Make the world more sensory-friendly.

Vision

Imagine a world where people feel comfortable.

Values

Value what is simple and inspires change.

Social Responsibility

Social Enterprise

Sensory Friendly Solutions is a social enterprise.  We are a business with a primary social objective. We actively support four of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  

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

We ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages by disseminating knowledge and awareness of sensory-friendly solutions in daily life for people with hidden disabilities.

Quality Education, UN SDG Goal 4.

We ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by supporting the inclusion of people with hidden disabilities in the classroom and sharing free knowledge resources.
 

Reduce Inequalities, UN SDG Goal 10.

We reduce inequality within and among countries by supporting the inclusion of people with hidden disabilities in all aspects of daily life.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, UN SDG Goal 11.

We make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by helping businesses, events, locations and organizations adopt sensory-friendly solutions to include more people.

Humanity

Our mission helps people live meaningful lives, particularly people with hidden disabilities who experience sensory sensitivity and sensory overload.  We partner with disability organizations, along with other social impact businesses and organizations, and we engage with the needs of people looking for sensory-friendly solutions.

Community

We collaborate with other social purpose organizations.  We acknowledge that the land on which our home office gathers is on the unceded territory of the Wabanaki Confederacy, the Mi’kma’ki and the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk (Maliseet) Peoples.  Furthermore, we recognize that this acknowledgement is only the first step in forging our understanding to challenge colonialism’s legacies.

Diversity and Labour

Key to our mission, we foster the social and economic inclusion of people with disabilities.  We promote our employees’ health and safety, respect the law, and ensure our business operations are legitimate.  We honour our internal policies, conduct our business with integrity, and adhere to sound business ethics and practices.

Environment

We recognize the need to protect the natural environment; keeping it clean and unpolluted benefits everyone. Aside from our legal obligations, we recycle, reduce travel, and adopt environmentally friendly technologies and best practices.

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