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Redesigning sports arenas to make them more accessible to fans with autism

from Fast Company

Quicken Loans Arena, the home court of the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, gets loud. At a high point during the 2015 finals, the decibel level hovered around 101–about as loud as a nearby jackhammer. If you’re a fan looking to scream your lungs out around others doing the same, that’s great. Exhilarating, even. But if you’re a fan with autism, or with an illness like Parkinson’s or dementia that makes you especially sensitive to sound, you couldn’t even set foot inside the arena. Any noise around 70 decibels is considered loud; for people with sensory-processing issues and sound sensitivity who exposed to sustained noises above that level, it’s physically painful. more


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