Sensory-Friendly COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Hosted by the Building for Kids, the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin, ThedaCare, and Wisconsin Early Autism Project

The Building for Kids Children’s Museum (BFKCM), the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin, ThedaCare, and Wisconsin Early Autism Project are partnering to host a sensory-friendly COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Monday, March 21 from 3:30 – 7:00pm.

The clinic will be held at the Building for Kids Children’s Museum (100 W. College Ave, Appleton). The Pfizer vaccine will be available for individuals 5 and older.

“Our goal is to ease the stress associated with vaccines and remove barriers for those with Autism or anyone else that wants to get vaccinated but is challenged by the typical vaccination setting,” says Kirsten Cooper, executive director of the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin.

Resources will be available to participants throughout every phase of the vaccination process. Prior to the clinic, a social narrative will be available to help prepare participants for getting vaccinated. During the clinic, participants can expect a lower sensory environment, sensory fidgets, distraction strategies, private rooms, extended appointment time slots, and other individualized accommodations as needed. After receiving their vaccine, participants can play in the museum during the observation period. The BFKCM will also be providing a pizza dinner.

“The Building for Kids seeks to be a reliable resource for families looking for answers or opportunities related to vaccinations,” says Oliver Zornow, executive director of the BFKCM. “We are thrilled to partner with the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin, ThedaCare and Wisconsin Early Autism Project to increase vaccine accessibility and create an enjoyable experience for those who are challenged by the typical vaccination environment.”

Every child under 12 who receives their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during the clinic will receive a free 3-month family membership to the Building for Kids.

There is no cost to participants for the vaccine and insurance is not required. Second doses will be offered on April 11. Participants must schedule an appointment at this link: https://forms.office.com/r/q7rA5X3a4s

This sensory-friendly clinic is supported with funding from the Wisconsin DHS and Communities for Immunity (Communities for Immunity is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Museum and Library Services).

 

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