The recent autism-friendly NBA store in NYC is the first of its kind to offer a sensory-inclusive space for fans of the NBA. The store, located on Fifth Avenue, was built with the help of KultureCity and has been outfitted with various accommodations for people living with sensory disabilities. KultureCity, a nonprofit which makes public spaces friendlier for people with autism and sensory disabilities, designed the space to be inclusive and to give all fans the experience of an NBA stadium game.
While other retailers have held sensory-friendly spaces, the autism-friendly NBA store is the first of its kind as it is part of the league's permanent operations. The hope is that this space will demonstrate how easy it can be to make inclusive spaces, and it will hopefully inspire other spaces to do the same. This autism-friendly store is part of a broader initiative from the NBA that is working to make all its public spaces more sensory-inclusive.
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