Jenni “JWOWW” Farley donates new sensory experience at Barclays Center in honor of her son
There's a new sensory experience for people with autism, Down syndrome, PTSD, dementia and other forms of invisible disabilities.
Jersey Shore celebrity, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, donated the center in honor of her 5-year-old son, Greyson, who has autism. It was an experience she had with her son that made her aware of his struggles.
“For me, it’s a full circle moment,” says Farley. “Coming here three years ago for an event and having to leave early because of Greyson’s sensory issues and not knowing he had them until we arrived."
The center is part of a partnership between Barclays and the nonprofit Kulturecity, which focuses on sensory accessibility and acceptance.
Board member Evelyn Yang tells News 12 describes it as a calming place.
"As parents of children on the spectrum, we have a lot of experience with meltdowns and needing a calming place,” explains Yang. “It’s hard to come by especially in places like this."
When the environment becomes overwhelming, kids and adults can step into a dimly lit room filled with fidget activities and interactive elements. Then they can return to where they were.
Farley says knowing there’s a place of refuge for Greyson and others when they need it makes all the difference.
"I can tell Greyson is overwhelmed, his sister was crying,” says Farley. “I was asking her if she’s ok. She was saying its tears of joy.”
The sensory room will be open during all events.