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Benny’s Sensory Activation Vehicle is a mission-driven project by Beignet Fest Foundation to support and empower autistic children and others with sensory needs in the New Orleans community. It’s named for our mascot, Benny the Beignet!
With proceeds from the 2022 Beignet Fest in partnership with Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Beignet Fest Foundation commissioned KultureCity to build Benny’s Sensory Activation Vehicle, which is fully equipped to provide a safe space of respite and decompression for individuals who may become overwhelmed from the sights, sounds and crowds at many of the city’s beloved, local events.
Inside the trailer, the walls and floor are lightly carpeted, and the lighting is kept low. There’s air conditioning to keep it cool. All the features are specially designed to calm the mind and engage users. Elements include a bubble wall where individuals can watch water flow in a series of frames that glow different colors. There are also wooden puzzles, soft bean bag chairs, an interactive colored-light panel and textured elements for tactile sensory input.
In addition to the sensory activation vehicle, sensory bags that include items like headphones and fidget toys will be available to borrow through the program at events.
Interested in working on our Sensory Activation Vehicle team?
We are currently recruiting paid staff to facilitate the activities for the sensory activation vehicle onsite at events. Staffers will go through training and certification with KultureCity to become knowledgeable and adept at working with individuals with sensory needs. If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out an application. Click Here
Interested in having Benny’s Sensory Activation Vehicle at your next event?
To learn more about how you can make your upcoming event more inclusive for those with sensory needs, please fill out this event application and someone will be in touch with you. Click Here
Upcoming Events Include:
Dec 2– Children’s Hospital Holiday Parade Post Party
Dec 2– NOLAuf Krewe of Krampus Parade
April 11-14– French Quarter Fest
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