Three Charleston County Parks have made changes to be more inclusive for groups with sensory needs.
Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant, Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston, and James Island Park are now Certified Sensory Inclusive Venues after the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission partnered with Kulture City, a national nonprofit working on sensory accessibility and acceptance for those with invisible disabilities.
This new initiative promotes an “accommodating and positive experience for all guests with a sensory issue, no matter their age or ability.”
Now, park staff are equipped with Kulture City Sensory Bags and are trained annually by leading medical professionals to help lessen sensory overload.
Kulture City Sensory Bags contain:
- Noise-canceling headphones
- Fidget tools
- Verbal cue cards
Park patrons can download the free Kulture City app to find resources and view where Quiet Areas are located, where to receive a Kulture City Sensory bag, and where the Headphone Zone is. Guests can also view a customized visual preview of what to expect while visiting the three parks. You can also visit the Palmetto Islands, Wannamaker Park, and James Island Park sections on the Kulture City Website to see what to expect.