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Regardless of what college football team you cheer for – you’ve got to give it to the Oklahoma State Football team as they make their home games more autism friendly. It all started when Oklahoma State partnered with Jennifer Solars Miller who is the Co-Founder of Autism Friendly Locations. When trying to figure out a strategy to make sure each individual with autism has a great experience during an OSU football game. Jennifer and the announcer with Oklahoma State decided to increase training for OSU staff on autism awareness.
How OSU Became More Autism Friendly:
When she started to figure out a strategy in making sure each child has a great experience during an OSU football game. Jennifer and the announcer at OSU decided to increase training to OSU staff on autism awareness. The increased training also allows the staff to provide “I’m A-OK” stickers which gives the staff an easy way to help with anything autism related.
In addition the team is also going to include “safe zones” where people can find a quiet and calm area to take a break from all the football action. Oklahoma State is the first collegiate team to implement an autism friendly atmosphere and I’m sure they won’t be the last.
Learn more from Oklahoma State Athletics here and their initiative to welcome every fan to their football games.