Saturday, November 10th, 2012 10:00 am
Empire Theatres Whitby (map)
75 Consumers Dr
Whitby, ON, L1N 9S2
Empire Theatres Kanata (map)
801 Kanata Ave
Kanata, ON, K2T 1E7
Empire Theatres and Geneva Centre for Autism to Host Sensory Friendly Screenings
Empire Theatres and Geneva Centre for Autism have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities and sensory issues a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. .
Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It often comes with sensory challenges, such as hypersensitivity to light or sound, and children or adults affected by autism may not understand the social boundaries of movie theatre etiquette, such as not talking during the film or sitting still through most of the show.
Sensory Friendly Screenings will be shown in auditoriums with the lights left on dim and the volume turned down. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event.
It is estimated that 1 in 110 children in Canada are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The most recent epidemiological studies suggest that the rate of autism has increased from four cases per 10,000 to 95 cases per 10,000.
ABOUT EMPIRE THEATRES
Empire Theatres Limited is a Canada-wide movie exhibition company providing an exciting out-of-home entertainment experience including traditional movie exhibition as well as other content using its digital and satellite capabilities.
Empire Theatres Limited is a 100% owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited that owns and operates 53 theatres across Canada with 438 screens, including seven IMAX auditoriums and five Empire Extra auditoriums.
Empire Theatres Limited’s corporate headquarters are located in Stellarton, NS, with regional offices in Halifax, NS; Toronto, ON; and Calgary, AB. With approximately 2,500 employees, Empire Theatres provides excellent employment opportunities for the youth of Canada in an exciting and energetic industry.
ABOUT GENEVA CENTRE FOR AUTISM:
We are a multi-service agency providing direct intervention services to children and families in the Toronto Area and providing training and consultation services to parents, professionals and other service providers across Ontario and Canada. www.autism.net