Ability Links creates chill-out zone at 2017 Cessnock Harmony Day Festival at TAFE park on March 18
Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and promotes inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. That includes people with a disability and their families and carers.
The 2017 Cessnock Harmony Day Festival will include a ‘chill-out zone’ – a quiet place for children challenged by the sensory stimulus associated with the festival. Ability Links has created the chill-out zone and will have various items such as fidget toys, weighted blankets, books, and sensory toys available.
A hearing loop, designed to help people with hearing impairments enjoy the entertainment, will also be available for free hire.
Ability Links coordinator Mishelle Dal Bianco said this year’s venue was more accessible and the chill-out zone will be located in a quieter area. “We are letting people know that this is a more accessible venue and that the chill-out zone will be there because we know it’s going to be valuable to so many people in our community,” she said.
Read the full Harmony Day article in the Cessnock Advertiser.