This Southern Airport Has Opened A Special Room For Passengers With Anxiety Or Autism

Passengers traveling through one Alabama airport have a new place to relax and destress. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) has just opened a room designed for travelers with autism, sensory disorders, and anxiety disorders.

The room was designed in partnership with Culture City, a non-profit focused on promoting autism acceptance and awareness. Public places like airports can be especially stressful for individuals with autism or anxiety disorders. In some cases, “sensory rooms” can help.

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Sensory rooms are all about removing excess stimulation and promoting peace and calm. The room at BHM is equipped with bean bag chairs, a soothing water wall, and tactile games to occupy and amuse visitors.

The airport’s CEO, Sylvester Lavender, stated in a press release that “the opening of our Sensory Room is one of the ways we’re showing our commitment to all passengers by making time spent at BHM an easy, convenient, comfortable, and calming experience. We hope this new room will aid in breaking down the barriers that can prevent families from flying.” The sensory room is open to all travelers.