The Minnesota Wild and Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) are partnering to offer complimentary sensory kits at Xcel Energy Center events, beginning with an October 22 game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Sensory kits are designed to cater to fans with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The goal of the kits is to help enhance the game experience for individuals who may require a more sensory-friendly environment.
“We are grateful to partner with Autism Society of Minnesota to be able to provide our fans with sensory needs a first-class game experience,” said Wayne Petersen, Minnesota Wild Director of Community Relations and Hockey Partnerships. “Hockey is for everyone and we are proud to continue to create a greater State of Hockey.”
Additionally, the Wild, along with Xcel Energy Center and the Saint Paul Arena Company, will undergo staff training from AuSM in an effort to help better serve individuals with sensory needs.
“The Minnesota Wild and Xcel Energy Center are at the forefront of creating an inclusive space that is welcoming for all in our community,” said Ellie Wilson, AuSM Executive Director. “The training and sensory kits will help arena staff support the needs of all participants, making games and other events accessible and enjoyable for everyone.”
Sensory kits will be available for check out at Guest Services located at Section 105. Fans will be able to personalize kits to their needs by choosing from a variety of items that cover auditory, olfactory, visual, tactile, proprioceptive, and communication needs. Additionally, fans will receive a printed social narrative for Wild games.