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April 27, 2022

The Connecticut Historical Society Offers Sensory Sensitivity Tools for Neurodiverse Audiences




Connecticut Historical Society Offers Sensory Sensitivity Tools for Neurodiverse Audiences 

Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Historical Society is a popular destination for families. But sometimes a trip to the Museum can be a very overwhelming or even a stressful experience for some children with sensory sensitivities, which are sometimes related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  

To make the CHS experience more accessible and enjoyable for neurodiverse families, the CHS now has sensory backpacks available. These sensory kits contain industry-approved tools that will help families navigate our museum. 

“Neurodiverse audiences matter to us, and their experiences in the Museum are important,” says Robert A. Kret, Executive Director and C.E.O. of the Connecticut Historical Society. “In providing sensory bags, we continue our work towards inclusive experiences for all visitors. We look forward to receiving feedback from the families who use these tools, to help us best ensure they fit their needs.” 

Each bag includes fidget tools, sunglasses (both adult and child sizes), noise-reducing headphones (adjustable to fit adults and children), a social story that uses photos and words to help families know what to expect throughout their visit, and timers that help children set the pace during their visit. 

Sensory bags are free resources and are available at the admissions desk. Visitors who would like to check out a bag just need to request one upon purchasing their admission tickets. 

The Connecticut Historical Society ( is a privately funded, independent, not-for-profit educational organization that includes a museum, library, the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center, and the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program. Founded in 1825, the CHS is Connecticut’s statewide historical society, and a Smithsonian Affiliate. At the CHS, we cultivate understanding of the history and culture of Connecticut, and its role in the United States and the world. Through our collections, research, educational programs, and exhibitions we reflect the past, actively engage with the present, and innovate for the future.


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