Sensory Rooms with Nanoleaf x KultureCity

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January 4, 2021 | 5 Min Read
Nanoleaf Canvas, interactive touch enabled light squares in sensory rooms.

Nanoleaf is proud to partner with KultureCity in taking steps towards a more inclusive world.

It can be hard to understand things that we cannot see. But with 1 in 6 individuals experiencing some form of invisible disability such as autism, PTSD, or dementia, a lack of knowledge and understanding can have detrimental effects on a significant portion of the population. The sensory needs associated with these disabilities can make it difficult or even impossible for those affected to navigate their day-to-day lives in a world with so much stimulation.

KultureCity is a non-profit organization that seeks to address this issue head on. They have a number of approaches to aid those with sensory needs, from inclusivity training and certification for companies and businesses, to the creation of their own “sensory bags” that include items like noise canceling headphones and comforting fidget items.

But it isn’t always about reducing stimulation completely, as is evident with their groundbreaking Sensory Rooms. These are spaces with uniquely curated visuals and interactive elements that are designed to be soothing and engaging rather than overwhelming for those with sensory needs.

When individuals or families with sensory needs visit a crowded and popular venue, loud noises [and] certain smells can not only be overwhelming because of the sensory aspect, but also physically painful. Because of that, individuals with sensory needs tend to stay at home and not engage with the community. Sensory rooms [at these venues] help create a safe and calming environment for these individuals so they can take a break from the event, decompress, and join the event again.

-Dominique Wilkins, KultureCity Chairman & NBA Hall-of-Famer

Nanoleaf Canvas light squares in a sensory room.

Nanoleaf has partnered with KultureCity to aid in the creation of these spaces, providing color-changing, touch reactive smart light panels to the rooms. With the light’s smart controls, the panels are customized to paint gentle animations, providing a calming effect while delivering a beautiful experience of color and light.

Kids playing in touch reactive games in a sensory room.

The first Nanoleaf x KultureCity space was unveiled on December 17th at the Georgia Aquarium. Having a Sensory Room in such a venue makes it perfect for families who visit to interact, enjoy, and momentarily escape the stressors of the outside world. 

There will be new spaces continually set up in a variety of activations throughout North America. This will give thousands of people the opportunity to come and experience them first hand, and to feel the real impact of understanding and inclusivity on a larger scale.

Learn more here about how Nanoleaf is partnering with individuals and organizations to help those with sensory needs.

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