Autism-Friendly performances are theater experiences in which the environment and typical “rules of attendance” have been relaxed to accommodate individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and the families and professional who support them. Learn more about our Autism-friendly accommodations below.
At Paper Mill, we are committed to your safety, and the safety of the performers on stage and crew working backstage. In compliance with workplace rules we will adhere to the following protocols to enter the theater. These rules are intended for all productions and audiences, regardless of age.
Please note that mask-wearing is required by all guests the entire time indoors, including while seated for the show.
The live show runs one-hour. For more details, please read our Covid Safety Protocols.
Autism-Friendly Performances are designed and intended for families with children who have autism or other developmental disabilities. This program is designed and planned in cooperation with Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team. At these performances the theater environment will be altered, providing a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for these families.
Autism-Friendly Accommodations Include
House lights on, but dimmed, inside the theater
Consistent sound level and lower volume
BYO reinforcements and motivational systems
Kids are free to talk and to leave their seat under parental supervision
BYO snacks & drinks
Gender-neutral family bathrooms
Activity Area with Chill-Out zone provided
On-site support teams
“Meet Your Seat” FREE Open Houses before the shows expressly for children to visit the theater space on a previous day (no reservation required).
Online resource materials: character guides, puzzle activities, sequenced social stories and videos on PaperMill.org