Great United Skates holding Sensory Skate Event for those with autism

Great United Skates in Lafayette is hosting a Sensory Friendly Skate event on Tuesday.

Posted: Jan 19, 2020 1:09 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2020 12:03 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Great United Skates in Lafayette is hosting a Sensory Friendly Skate event this Tuesday. This is the first time for the event.

It's aimed at creating a safe and fun skating experience for those with autism. The idea to do something like this here in Lafayette came from a mother. She reached out to Great United Skates exspressing that her child enjoys skating but couldn't skate in a normal skating rink setting due to austism. 

Marketing and Promotions Director, Evan Ledman, heard her concerns and began doing some research. He found that other skating rinks around the country hold skating events catering to those with autism. So, he decided to bring that idea closer to home. 

Families will arrive and skate without loud music or flashing lights which can be uncomfortable for those with autism. All ages and abilities are welcome. Tickets are six dollars.

Ledman said this event is inclusive and great for the community.

"It gets everybody involved," said Ledman. "It gives them the opportunity to come out and have fun, spend some time with their families and enjoy roller skating and it's also a healthy exercise as well. So it gets them out so they are able to have some fun as well."

To purchase tickets call (765) 340 8700 or visit Great United Skates' website by clicking here. 

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