Onsite and Virtual Events

Sensory-friendly events for guests on the autism spectrum and with sensory processing disorders are scheduled throughout the year. For more information, please contact accessibility@thehenryford.org. Sensory-friendly events at The Henry Ford are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant MA-245773-OMS-20).

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Giant Screen Experience

Join us at The Henry Ford's Giant Screen Experience for a customized movie experience designed for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder/Sensory Processing Disorder and their loved ones. Each month we will feature a different film pulled from our regular schedule of high-quality educational documentaries for families.

  • Lighting: The house lights stay on throughout the film
  • Sound: The sound is turned down for sensitive ears
  • Format: No 3D - all movies are played in regular format, eliminating concerns about 3D glasses
  • Length/Topic: 30 to 45-minute documentary films, appropriate and engaging for all ages
  • Environment: Stress-free and welcoming
  • Concessions: Available at the Giant Screen Experience Lobby
  • Sensory-friendly days are free thanks to a generous grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, but ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required.

2024 Schedule

  • January 13, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., "Lilo & Stitch" Register Here
  • February 10, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., "Superpower Dogs" Register Here
  • March 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., "PAW Patrol: The Movie" Register Here
  • April 13, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., "PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie" Register Here

  • To Purchase or Reserve your Seat

    *FREE admission to this event is available through a grant from the Institute of Museums & Library Services. Registration is required above.

    To prepare for your visit, here are some helpful tips and a social narrative:

    Giant Screen Experience Tip Sheet and Social Narrative (PDF)