How Disability Organizations, Sensory Friendly Solutions, and Businesses Work Together.

Sensory Friendly Solutions works with many types of social good partners.

For example, we work with disability organizations, charities, and other social enterprises to foster sensory-friendly solutions at events, locations and in communities,

An example of the work we have done together can be found in our series of guides for restaurants, seniors, and dining companions.

 

 

 

Here is a table that shows how we work together for social good.

 

Disability Organization Sensory Friendly Solutions

*founder is an occupational therapist

Business
Distinct Value Expertise on a specific disability

 

Skilled about a specific disability and its overlap with sensory sensitivity and sensory overload

 

Capable with customers who have a specific disability

 

 

Expertise about staff with a specific disability

 

 

Knowledgeable about people with a specific disability in a local community

 

Proficient guiding a community about a specific disability

 

Broad knowledge about many disabilities

 

Expertise on sensory-friendly, sensory sensitivity and sensory overload

 

Understanding of the overlap of many disabilities and sensory-friendly

 

Know-how with staff adopting sensory-friendly practices

 

 

Experience with a variety of  customers and their interest in sensory-friendly

 

Expertise with multiple locations or events adopting sensory-friendly practices

 

 

 

Experienced with  its staff

 

Savvy about its customers

 

 

Expertise on its location

 

 

Proficient with its business operations

 

Skilled adopting practices to improve customer experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

Role Counsel, advice, and training on a specific disability for staff, customers and overlap with sensory-friendly Counsel, advice, and training on sensory-friendly for many disabilities, how events and locations can embrace sensory-friendly, adoption by staff, and messaging to customers Experience implementing changes for their business and for their customers.

To understand our distinct value and role with social good partners, here are some sensory-friendly myths and facts.

Myth 1

Autism-friendly, dementia-friendly, noise-friendly, accessible, inclusive, and wheelchair-friendly are the same as sensory-friendly.

 

Fact 1

Autism-friendly, dementia-friendly, noise-friendly, accessible, wheelchair-friendly, and sensory-friendly are different.

 

Sensory Friendly Solutions’ expertise lends itself to all of these domains.

 

Myth 2

There is a universal sensory-friendly standard.

 

Fact 2

There are no one-size-fits-all solutions for sensory-friendly.  Therefore, each location and/or event is unique.  Moreover, the people who seek out a sensory-friendly experience are vast.

 

Sensory Friendly Solutions has conducted internal research to ascertain that up to 33% of the population has an underlying disability or disorder that can lead to sensory sensitivities.  At our last count, these underlying disabilities and disorders numbered sixteen (16) different ones.

 

Myth 3

The number of people with disabilities is not large enough to warrant making changes in how my business functions and operates.

 

Fact 3

By working with Sensory Friendly Solutions to create accommodations for the entire sensory sensitive community, your businesses or organization can also reach a wider audience who struggle with sensory sensitivities.

 

In addition to being able to accommodate this growing community in your event or location, most organizations that undertake these types of accommodations benefit from substantial positive PR in the broader community.

 

Myth 4

It is too costly and time-consuming to implement the accommodations required to become sensory-friendly, and this work will negatively impact my bottom line.

 

Fact 4

Creating a sensory-friendly event or location and processes can be relatively inexpensive.   Importantly, Sensory Friendly Solutions has cultivated this expertise over many years and can easily curate many customized recommendations for your organization.  Which makes the implementation quick and cost-effective.

Many organizations that implement sensory-friendly solutions see ROI by being able to tap into an audience that had been previously unaddressed (the sensory-sensitive community).

Sensory Friendly Funding Resources

Here are funding resources to help with sensory-friendly initiatives.  Moreover, we work alongside social good partners to bring sensory-friendly events and locations to life.

Stop Gap to help with affordable portable ramps and accessibility.

The Awesome Foundation for microgrants that support individuals, groups, and organizations community projects that support awesome things like becoming sensory-friendly!

In Canada, the Enabling Accessibility Fund that has youth, small and medium-sized grants from time to time.

Rising Youth supports youth-led service grants in Canada.  Part of the larger Taking it Global initiative worldwide.

Also in Canada, Jumpstart supports capital equipment.

Finally, is there funding for sensory-friendly, social good initiatives that we are not aware of?  Let us know!