March 2022 Party in the Back Podcast

Sean Culkin, Adam Goldberg and Kristin Thompson talk about Sensory Nights. Sean shares the work Kulture City is doing to create understanding and develop tools like Sensory Bags and Sensory Rooms. Maine Mariners’ Adam Goldberg and Roadrunners’ Kristin Thompson discuss their in-game accommodations.

This month on Party in the Back we party with Sean Culkin, Adam Goldberg and Kristin Thompson. 

Sean Culkin is a Board Member for Kulture City, a group that assists people of all ages who have sensory needs and encourages public venues to accommodate them. Kulture City is the nation’s leading nonprofit on sensory accessibility and acceptance for those with invisible disabilities.

As many as 1 in 6 individuals have a sensory sensitivity associated with crowds, lights, sounds, or smells that make public places like museums and stadiums overwhelming. Our March Podcast looks at Sensory Nights and related Autism Awareness Nights and how venues and event productions can balance their shows to accommodate these individuals.

Sean shares his personal story along with the work Kulture City is doing to create understanding and develop tools like Sensory Bags and Sensory Rooms for venues.

Then Adam Goldberg from the Maine Mariners and Kristin Thompson with the Tucson Roadrunners discuss how they build their Sensory Nights including adjustments and accommodations in lighting, audio and how the team interacts with fans. Adam also shares the value these nights provide to his staff and the interesting feedback they receive from fans that helps them with their game presentation for the rest of the season.

To be able to serve those fans is an incredible experience for our staff.
-Adam Goldberg

“I don’t know what we would need for an Autism Awareness Night.  We need to find out. These groups tell us things and think I didn’t even know that would be an issue. To have these conversations just helps us as human beings. Beyond Autism Awareness I think it is just healthy for us to try to find out what fans are needing,” explained the Mariners’ Adam Goldberg.

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  • Sensory Bags from Kulture City – Sensory bags are designed to help sensory needs in both adults and children. Filled with items that can help lessen sensory overload and also engage, the bag items are also easily cleaned and sterilized for multiple uses.
  • Learning about Sensory Inclusion from Kulture City – Sensory Inclusive™ Certification is available to venues, organizations, small businesses or caring individuals who want to learn more about sensory needs and how to better engage with individuals with sensory needs. 
  • Support Kulture City – Help make the nevers possible by supporting sensory accessibility and inclusion for ALL.
  • Maine MarinersNews release on their Sensory Reduced game.
  • Autism Society of Maine  – Their mission is to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals on the Autism spectrum to become participating members of their communities. Education, advocacy, support and public awareness form the cornerstones of the Autism Society of Maine’s efforts to carry forth our mission.
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  • Sixers Inclusion Night – Sixers expand their Autism Night and add Sensory Room.
  • Floss Cam in Buffalo – Sabres light up Key Bank Center with Floss Cam.
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  • High Five – Omaha Potholes (Storm Chasers) – High Five is a game review series from reviewing ways teams make their show great. This review is from the Omaha Storm Chasers on April 24th 2019, the night they became the Omaha Potholes.

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