Irving-based Chuck E. Cheese’s Growing Special Needs Program

The sensory-friendly event designed for autistic children and their families will be rolling out nationwide later this year.

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Irving-based Chuck E. Cheese’s has expanded its Sensory Sensitive Sundays to 54 locations in New England, New Jersey, and New York.

The event for children with autism and other special needs and their families dials down the sensory overload at the family entertainment restaurant, according to The Dallas Morning News. From 9 to 11 a.m. on the first Sunday through May participating Chuck E. Cheese’s locations will feature lower lighting, less noise, and fewer sightings of costumed characters. 

The program was piloted last year in partnership with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. The company plans to introduce the program nationwide later this year. 

“The buzz and feedback we’ve been receiving has been super positive so we’re hoping to offer it nationwide sooner rather than later,” Chuck E. Cheese’s spokesperson Christelle Dupont told the DMN.

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