A Reel Success: Atlanta Prep Summer Camp’s Trip to the Movies

For many people, a trip to the cinema is a straightforward affair. Buy some tickets, grab a bucket of popcorn, and settle in to enjoy the latest blockbuster. But for the students of Atlanta Prep who serves many students with autism and other disabilities, a visit to the movies requires a bit more planning and accommodation.

This summer, our team of dedicated staff took 8 of our campers on an exciting adventure to Regal Cinema at Perimeter Point in Sandy Springs, Georgia. We knew that the unfamiliar environment and potentially overwhelming sensory experience of a movie theater could be challenging for our students, many of whom have sensitive ears. But with some advance preparation and the kindness of the Regal Cinema staff, we were able to create a truly enjoyable and inclusive experience for everyone.

As soon as we arrived, it was clear that the Regal Cinema team was committed to making our visit a success. The staff were patient and understanding as we placed our concessions order, taking the time to explain options and answer questions. But the real star of the show was Ivan, the manager, who went above and beyond to accommodate our needs.

When we explained that the standard volume levels might be distressing for our students, Ivan worked with us to find a solution that would meet the needs of our campers while still ensuring an enjoyable experience for the other moviegoers. By turning the sound down slightly, he created an environment in which everyone could thrive.

The result was a movie outing that was not only successful, but truly enjoyable for our students. They were able to experience the joy of watching a film on the big screen, surrounded by their peers. It was a day filled with laughter, excitement, and the kind of memories that make summer camp so special.

We can’t thank Ivan and the Regal Cinema team enough for their flexibility, understanding, and dedication to inclusion. By taking the time to understand our needs and work with us to find solutions, they demonstrated that with a little extra effort, everyone can have a great experience at the movies.

This trip to Regal Cinema stands out as a shining example of what can be accomplished when organizations commit to accessibility and inclusion. We can’t wait to see where our next adventure takes us!

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