Special days set aside

Photo courtesy of the State Fair of Texas

For the fifth year, the State Fair of Texas is offering Sensory-Friendly Mornings at the Fair every Wednesday of the 24-day event. The Fair collaborated with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards and other local organizations to come up with ways to make Sensory-Friendly Mornings at the Fair beneficial and fun for all. On Sensory-Friendly Mornings, there are adjustments made across the fairgrounds to accommodate those with sensory sensitivities. The Fair created a special guided itinerary with a list of activities and exhibits that are easy on the eyes and ears. In addition, there are a few locations around the fairgrounds designated as “Quiet Zones,” where families can go should they need to depressurize. Fairgoers will be able to enjoy all the fun of the Midway without the usual lights and sounds from noon to 1 p.m. The Fair welcomes individuals with autism, their families and anyone else who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience. For more information, visit BigTex.com/Sensory. — Karissa Condoianis