Deep in southwest Indiana, the Evansville University men’s basketball team gets everyone involved. The Purple Aces hosted a sensory-inclusive game, allowing those with special needs to enjoy the event for themselves.
The idea is thanks to Tyler Myers, a member of the team. Myers’ little brother, Brantley, is his biggest fan, but he noticed that he often had trouble sitting through his games. He was struggling with over-stimulation.
After doing some research, Myers started the non-profit Sensory Inclusion. Two years later the freshman is hosting the Ford Center’s first sensory-inclusive night, which consists of dimmed lights and free bags with sensory-friendly gear.
“It gave me a platform to really share my love for my brother and to help people like him,” Myers stated.
He wants his non-profit to “set a standard of normality” in hopes that everyone accepts these individuals and allows them to use their devices without anyone “thinking anything of it.”