AUTISM

AUTISM

June 16, 2012

Mets: 'Quiet section' for families with autistic kids


One of the most commonly reported challenges for people with autism spectrum disorders is hypersensitivity to sound, according to the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association's website.One question, according to NewsCore, read: "The Mets are considering adding a designated 'quiet' seating section with lower volume PA announcements and no music or cheerleading. How likely would you be to purchase tickets in that section?"

The Mets on Wednesday emailed a survey to fans, asking about their ballpark experiences.

New York radio station WFAN reported that the team on Thursday said the question was prompted by suggestions from parents of autistic children, who explained that such a section would heighten their kids' enjoyment of the game.

The quiet section is proposed to be in the second-deck in left field, where tickets currently sell for between $20 and $78, depending on the opponent.

The Mets confirmed they were "evaluating the concept" of a "quiet section."

The emailed survey asked fans a broad range of questions on topics including the scoreboard, between-innings entertainment, music and even interactions with Mr. Met.



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