Autism Acceptance Month: A Day to Remember at the Ballpark with ABS Kids

At ABS Kids, our Wow culture extends to how we treat and engage with our colleagues and coworkers, as well as being advocates for the autism community. Events like Sensory-Friendly Day at the ballpark, in recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, exhibit that culture.

By Jeremi Fulmore, Communications Associate at ABS Kids 

What a day it was on April 28 as we closed out Autism Acceptance Month!  

It's not every day you see baseball mixing with such an important cause. Together with the Winston-Salem Dash minor league team, ABS Kids helped make Truist Stadium the place to be for Sensory-Friendly Day.  

It was our way of making the stadium experience inclusive for everyone, especially those with autism and sensory sensitivities. Imagine a game where the loudspeakers aren't blaring, the big screens aren't flashing non-stop, and there's even a quiet room for anyone who feels overwhelmed. Yeah, that was our day. 

The vibes were different right from the start. Everything was toned down – the announcements, the music, even the action on the screens – but a lot of fun. The stadium made sure everyone could relax and enjoy the game. And speaking of relaxation, that sensory room was a hit! My grandma, Brenda Fulmore, and I took a moment in there to just breathe and enjoy the calm.  


It was a real eye-opener on how small changes can make a big difference. 

It was clear from the start that this day was so much more than just watching baseball. It was about hanging out with my coworkers and meeting the incredible kids and families we help in a totally new setting. Every high-five, every laugh, it all added up to something pretty special. It showed us all how important it is to understand and celebrate everyone's unique needs and experiences. 

Putting on Sensory-Friendly Day wasn't just about having a great time (although it certainly was). It was our way of showing that with a little thoughtfulness, we can make sure no one misses out on these kinds of awesome experiences. Seeing families enjoy a ballgame in a comfortable way, maybe for the first time, was heartwarming and inspiring. 

For me, the day was a big learning moment. It drove home how crucial our work is at ABS Kids, not just in providing top-notch ABA therapy but also in advocating for the autism community everywhere, even at the ballpark. 

These community events are important. They show what's possible when we understand others, and they push us to keep learning, keep growing, and keep working toward a world where everyone gets to share in life's great moments, without the worry of sensory overload. 

Walking away from Truist Stadium that evening, with colorful bubbles from the bubble machine flowing into the sky, I felt hopeful, motivated, and proud to be part of ABS Kids. Sensory Friendly Day wasn't just an event; it was a step toward building a more inclusive, caring community.  

And I'm all in for this journey, inspired by every smile, every cheer, and every quiet moment of connection that made Sensory-Friendly Day unforgettable. 

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