October 10, 2015

Arch For Autism

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1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism, reported by the Center for Disease Control, yet in many ways autism is still a puzzle for doctors. Families with autism constantly seek ways to help their children rise to their fullest potential, and explore the world as much as possible.

Arch for Autism performances are for children to adults on all areas of the spectrum to come together and enjoy the benefits of dance and music. Our goal is to make ballet and music accessible to all by including Autism Friendly performances during our performance seasons.

These performances are one hour, have a supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. Adjustments to the production include reduction of obscure lighting, shorter running time, reduction of any sudden sounds, lowered music volume, and an environment where the audience can feel free to move about their seat, talk, and experience the performance how they want to.

Social narratives are created before the performance to help navigate the theatre and prepare participates to enjoy the theatre. Meet and greet/question and answer are available with Arch Ballet dancers after. All of the dancers have received Sensitivity Training in communicating with our Autism family.

You can help us make this great program come to life by becoming an integral part of our mission by simply donating or becoming a sponsor today. If you are interested in volunteering, becoming a board member or are a family interested in the program, email arch.ensemble@live.com.





Arch Contemporary Ballet aims to make ballet and music performances that are accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum during performance seasons.



Adjustments to the production include:

  • Reduction of obscure lighting
  • Shorter running time
  • Reduction of sound levels
  • Areas in the lobby for quiet time or activities, staffed with autism specialists for those who need to leave their seats during the performance
  • Fidgets available for all attendees
  • Social narratives are available before the performance – a photo story about what to expect at the theatre including entrance, exit videos, a detailed ballet description and photos for families to plan ahead with their child or family