The AMC Theater in Danbury is hosting a Sensory Friendly Films screening of Monsters U this Saturday at 10 AM.
Sensory Friendly Films is an organization that provides "families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment," according to their website. Their motto is "Get up, dance, walk, shout, or sing!" The organization specifies that during screenings, lights will be dimmed, not turned off, and the sound will be lowered. No advertisements or previews will be shown before the movie. Families are allowed to bring gluten-free and casein-free snacks to enjoy, and tickets in Danbury will be $6.50 for kids and adults alike (children under 2 are free).
The idea for Sensory Friendly Films started in 2007 when a mother in Maryland was asked to leave a theater after her autistic daughter got up, danced, and sang during a movie screening, according to an article in Time Magazine in 2010. The mother convinced her local AMC staff to set up a special screening for children with the spectrum disorder, and it's been a success ever since.