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Film to accommodate children with special needs

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Children with special developmental needs and their families are invited to a sensory-friendly showing of Zootopia at the F.M. Kirby Center on Oct. 28. The movie is part of Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute’s (ADMI) sensory-friendly film series.

The showing of Zootopia will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. 

Loud music, vivid special effects, explosions, and fast scene changes of many of today’s films can be difficult for children with special needs, who can experience these effects as sensory overload.

This showing of Zootopia, as part of the Sensory Friendly Film Series, will:

  • Provide a comfortable and accepting environment for those who want to get up, move around or make noise
  • Feature family friendly movies in 2-D
  • Begin on-time, with no previews or trailers
  • Lower the volume of music and special effects
  • Provide low-level lighting, instead of total darkness
  • Allow families to bring or purchase snacks

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. The movie will begin promptly at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are accepted to fund future screenings.

The F.M. Kirby Center is located at 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.

This screening is being sponsored by Verbal Beginnings.

For more information, visit www.GeisingerADMI.org, or follow the latest ADMI news and more on Twitter (@GeisingerADMI) and Facebook (ADMI on Facebook).

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For media inquiries:

Joseph Stender
Media Specialist
Marketing & Communications

570-271-6968
jhstender@geisinger.edu