Pittsburgh International Opens Sensory Space For Those With Autism

Presley’s Place will be a safe place for those with autism and other sensory needs

Joe DeStio
July 24, 2019 - 1:23 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA - A first-of-its-kind space is now open at Pittsburgh International Airport for travelers with autism and other sensory needs.

It’s a sensory suite of rooms where children and adults with autism–like disorders can be calm.

The airport says the space is the most comprehensive sensory suite of any airport in the world.

“The suite includes a calming transition foyer, a family room, individual rooms with bubble tubes, and an adult area (all fully soundproof).”

The airport’s Logan Williams says the highlight is a realistic plane cabin experience, “Which allows people to see, feel, know what it’s going to be like on that airplane before they get there which is a huge selling feature when you’re talking about families that are going to be utilizing this space.”

It’s called Presley’s Place named after heavy equipment operator Jason Rudge ‘s  4-year-old son who has autism.

Rudge was the first one to come up with the idea of the sensory suites.

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