Autism Friendly Day

Filed under: Fort Fisher by fortfisher on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

SeaStar_Urchin_anenomeThe North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will offer programs tailored especially for individuals who live with autism spectrum disorder on Sunday, February 16.

Autism Friendly Day programs and activities are free with Aquarium admission. The dive program, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., will include an educator assisting guests in finding animals in the Cape Fear Shoals, the 235,000 gallon exhibit featuring sharks, rays and a green sea turtle. A diver will briefly describe the found animals. Visitors also can collect seven Aquarium passport stamps to guide them through the Aquarium and help identify animal-touching opportunities. A calm-space to help provide comfort, relaxation or a break will be available to families and their children.

The aquarium presents Autism Friendly Day with the assistance of the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program to better serve the needs and interests of children and adults living with autism.

Scheduled Aquarium programs and activities on Feb. 16 include:

10:00 Film- “Unlovables’” featuring creepy and unusual Ocean animals
10:30 Dive Show at Cape Fear Shoals exhibit
11:00 Feeding at the Buzzard’s Bay exhibit
11:30 All About Sharks
1:30 Live Animal Program Featuring Reptiles
2:30 Dive Show at Cape Fear Shoals exhibit
3:00 Feeding at the Shadows on the Sand exhibit
3:30 Jellyfish Animal Encounter
4:00 Film- “Reef Magic,” featuring the Cat and the Hat

Additional activities include:
· A coastal waters  touch tank
· A bamboo shark touch tank
· Adventure Reef outside playground