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Illinois State Fair Sensory Station

In August 2023, Serve Illinois partnered with the Illinois State Fair as a volunteer recruitment and management partner for the first-ever Sensory Friendly State Fair initiative. The Sensory Station was created as a quiet zone open all 11-days of the fair from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. to provide individuals with a moment to regroup with the help of tools such as weighted blankets, noise-canceling headphones, calming pods, and quiet activities to aid children and adults who need help processing the sights, smells, noises, and crowds at the fair. Over 20 volunteers were recruited and managed by Serve Illinois for this initiative.  

To learn more about this initiative, head to Illinois State Fair Launches Sensory Friendly Fair Initiative