UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics has partnered with KultureCity to make its facility sensory inclusive. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with a sensory issue that visit the clinics and hospital.
“Our organization is humbled to partner with a group that brings inclusivity to all,” said Rett Grover, CEO of UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics. “This collaboration will make visiting our hospital and clinic system easier for those who have sensory needs, and I am honored to be part of this process.”
The certification process involved Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics staff undergo training by leading medical professionals on how to recognize guests with sensory needs and how to respond to a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones provided by Puro Sound Labs, fidget tools, verbal cue cards produced in conjunction with Boardmaker and weighted lap pads will also be available to all patients and guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. Patients will also be able to have use of a dedicated sensory room designed by medical professionals for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to overstimulation and noise. With its new certification, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics is even more prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.
Prior to visiting, families can download the free KultureCity App where they can view which sensory features are available and where they can be accessed. There is also a social story on the app that will provide a preview of what to expect while coming for a clinic or surgery visit.