About Sensory Friendly Solutions

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

–  Founder and CEO, Christel Seeberger

Sensory Friendly Solutions is a woman-owned, disability-owned,
B Corp™ Certified, for-profit social enterprise

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Sensory Friendly Solutions Founder Christel Seeberger. Photo credit: Kelly Lawson.

Why “Sensory Friendly Solutions?”

Many people, businesses and organizations look for sensory-friendly solutions in daily life.

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

Difficult sensory experiences in daily life made people feel isolated and alone. People stopped doing what was meaningful and important in their daily lives. Families ceased doing things together.  Adults and families stopped travelling.  People even avoided going out in their local communities. Schools became a place of stress for children, youth and adults. Workplaces became a struggle and workers left the workforce.

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

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

Sensory Friendly Solutions is here to help you; people, businesses and organizations, to find the sensory-friendly solutions you want and need.  

Empower yourself with knowledge and awareness to change, and together, make the world more sensory-friendly, accessible and inclusive.  

A challenge that is more common than you think.

Sensory sensitivity and sensory overload affect children, adults and seniors, 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  one of those disabilities.  There are more than twenty-five diagnoses that make people more likely to experience 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 disabilities that are not always visible,  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

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

Mission

Make the world more sensory-friendly.

Vision

A world where more people feel comfortable.

Values

Value what is simple, informs and inspires change.

Social Responsibility

Social Enterprise

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

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

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Certified B Corporation Logo to signify that this organization is a certified B corp.
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Good Health and Well-Being, UN SDG Goal 3.

SFS ensures healthy lives and promotes well-being for all at all ages by disseminating knowledge and awareness of sensory-friendly solutions in daily life for people with disabilities. SFS enables people to do what is meaningful and important 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 ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities by supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in the in-person or online classroom and by sharing free knowledge resources.
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Reduce Inequalities, UN SDG Goal 10.

SFS reduces inequality 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 makes cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by helping businesses, events, locations and organizations adopt sensory-friendly solutions. 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. 

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.

Community

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

Land Acknowledgement

Sensory Friendly Solutions acknowledges 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, SFS recognizes 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 adhere 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, Sensory Friendly Solutions supports the reduction of noise pollution and light pollution in public spaces as part of being sensory-friendly.

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Collaboration through partnerships is key at SFS.  Here are a few past contributions to doing social good.

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