BOK Center & Cox Business Convention Center Are KultureCity Certified Sensory Inclusive Venues
(Tulsa, Okla.) May 12, 2023 – KultureCity® has partnered with ASM Global Tulsa to make BOK Center and Cox Business Convention Center and all its programs and events Sensory InclusiveTM. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with a sensory issue, no matter their age or ability.
The certification process ensures that the staff at ASM Global Tulsa are trained annually by leading medical professionals on how to recognize those guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. KultureCity® Sensory Bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget tools, lap pads, verbal cue cards, and KCVIP lanyards will be available to all guests who may feel overwhelmed by their environment. The Sensory Bags will be available for pickup at the guest services desks at BOK Center and through the Security Office at Cox Business Convention Center. A KultureCity® Mobile Sensory Station is available in the Quiet Area/Comfort Room at Cox Business Convention Center on the second level next to Legacy Hall.
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which can be a major part of the environment at a location like both ASM Global Tulsa venues. With its new certification, both venues are now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.
Prior to their visit, families and individuals can download the free KultureCity® App where one can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them including, Quiet Areas, where to get a KultureCity® Sensory Bag, where the Headphone Zones are etc. Also, on the App is the Social Story which will provide a customized visual preview of what to expect while enjoying a visit to either BOK Center or Cox Business Convention Center.
“Our communities shape our lives and to know that ASM Global Tulsa is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that everyone, no matter their ability, is included in community experiences is amazing. We’re honored to partner ASM Global Tulsa who manages BOK Center & Cox Business Convention Center to provide a truly inclusive experience for all guests!” - Uma Srivastava, Executive Director, KultureCity®
KultureCity® is a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using its resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs, not just those with autism. Since the program’s inception, KultureCity® has created over 1,000 Sensory InclusiveTM public and private services, organizations, events and venues in 6 countries: this includes special events such as the NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, MLB World Series, and MLB All Star Weekend.
KultureCity® has won many awards for its efforts, including the NASCAR Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award in 2017 and the 2018 Clio Sports Silver for social good in partnership with Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Quiet Space Sensory Room at Quicken Loans Arena was a finalist for the 2018 Stadium Business Award, KultureCity® was named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019 and 2020 by FastCompany and recently won the Industry Partner Award in TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Awards 2019.