Caring Bunny, the largest program of its kind, has been developed by Simon and is guided by AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community. Promotional assistance for Caring Bunny has been provided by Autism Speaks.
On Sunday, March 26 and Sunday, April 2 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):
• Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event.
• Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system, whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.
• Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the “wait” period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.