The Autism Society of the Quad-Cities will observe World Autism Awareness Week (March 26-April 2) by sponsoring an autism/sensory- friendly of “Wild Africa” at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Putnam Museum, Davenport.

Persons with autism, their family members and friends, and members of the community are welcome.

Sensory-friendly screenings of documentaries on the Putnam’s giant screen are offered every second Sunday of the month. At 1:45 p.m. April 8, “Dream Big” will premiere. Additional showings will be announced later.

According to a news release from the autism society, autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions. People on the spectrum may communicate, interact, behave and learn in different ways.

The movie is modified to be more friendly to the senses. Changes to the environment and film experience include dimmed, but not turned off, theater lights; lower volume; shown in two-dimensional and not three-dimensional format, no trailers before the movie and handicapped access to the theater. Guests of all ages have the freedom to move around and make noise during the show, and they can bring in outside food and drink to suit their dietary needs.

A designated “chill-out zone” is available outside of the theater with therapy dogs from the Quad-Cities Canine Assistance Network to provide comfort for those attending.

The Autism Society of the Quad Cities provides information, education, support and advocacy in the Quad-Cities and surrounding area to maximize the potential of persons with autism and those affected by autism. For more information call 563-343-1057 or visit

– Linda Cook

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