Colts take extra steps to welcome fans with autism

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By Michael Henrich

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 26, 2014) -- In an effort to make sure all fans feel welcome attending their football games, the Indianapolis Colts have made several changes to their game day experience at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The organization made the decision to provide additional accommodations for fans with intellectual disabilities and autism after attending a training program with Damar.

"We want to welcome everyone to a Colts game," said Larry Hall, the team's vice president of ticket operations and guest Services.  "Someone who has special needs, we’re obviously going to go out of our way to make sure there are special things we can provide to them to help them enjoy the game and the folks at Damar have been great for us."

Some of the changes include the addition of picture menus at all permanent food counters, and the offering of noise-cancelling headphones and weighted blankets to help fans with autism deal with the sensory overload that often comes with attending a noisy football game.

"It’s something that we take very seriously and want to make sure that everyone feels welcome and that everyone has a great time on game day," Hall added.