Dedicated performances for those on the autism spectrum, atypical learners and their families. 

Des Moines Performing Arts is excited to continue a sensory-friendly initiative as part of the Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Family Series.

Sensory-friendly performances are geared towards those on the autism spectrum, individuals with other sensory sensitivities and their families. These dedicated performances will contain all the joy of a typical theater setting with a few adjustments to help those in attendance feel more comfortable. This will include alterations to light and sound, a variety of seating options, an environment that will encourage movement and breaks when needed, ASL interpretation, and inclusive staff that will welcome guests from the moment they arrive. Families who do not require these accommodations are still welcome to attend.

Questions regarding these performances can be directed to the Des Moines Performing Arts Ticket Office at 515-246-2300 or by emailing us.

Click to view the custom social narrative for both upcoming performances in advance of the experience, as well as the picture schedule for both upcoming performances to help guide your day.

SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN | Social Narrative

SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN | Picture Schedule

TETRIS | Social Narrative

TETRIS | Picture Schedule

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“The arts help us understand ourselves as human beings. If you look at how we’ve ever documented our existence, it’s all through an art form.”

-Eric Olmscheid, Director of Programming and Education

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Upcoming Events with Sensory-Friendly Performances


May 12, 2018 Get Tickets
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