POINT PLEASANT — Ocean Road Elementary School PTO held a sensory-friendly movie night for the special needs students of the school, at the Point Pleasant Elks Lodge on Friday, April 28.
Kelly Previte, one of the event organizers and PTO member, said about 15 students came to the event for food, sensory-friendly activities and to see the feature film “Wall-e.”
Ms. Previte said this event was “just to let them have their own night.”
Donya Bober, special education teacher and also an organizer for the event, said “It is important to raise awareness and acceptance not only at school, but also in the community as well.”
“We wanted to build a bridge between the community and the acceptance and awareness for people of all abilities,” said Ms. Previte. She highlighted how with many school functions, a special needs student might not have the best time, due to overstimulation from outside sources. With events like this, these students can have the opportunity to enjoy themselves in a safe and secure environment.
Ms. Previte, who has a special needs daughter, Alana, said “This is an event my daughter can come to and be comfortable even if she is having a moment and needs to sit back and go into the quiet area, the lights will be controlled. Things like this are needed year round, not just during one month or one event.”
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