Offers Low Sensory Hours & Special Needs/Drop-in Bowling League Every Wednesday
Since becoming a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) in 2019, Bowlero Lanes & Lounge (BLL) has been hard at work to enhance their accessibility offerings to better serve autistic and other special needs bowlers. The bowling alley became a CAC in 2019, designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, and recently renewed that certification in 2021 to continue updated training for its staff. Since the certification, BLL has introduced sensory hours, a dedicated time for special needs family bowling, and an ongoing young adult drop-in league to provide additional options for bowlers with sensory sensitivities and other needs.
Every Wednesday from 4-6 pm, Bowlero Lanes & Lounge Offers the following:
- Low sensory; no music in the alley, lowered lighting in bowling approach
- IBCCES trained and helpful staff
- Sensory aids available behind the front counter includes weighted blankets/vests, noise-canceling headphones, visual timers (accessible anytime upon request)
- Accessibility ramp & bowling ball ramp are available (accessible anytime upon request)
- Reservations are not required for the drop-in league
According to BLL owner, Kelly Elliott, who also spent 15 years as a certified school psychologist, parents and teachers’ feedback has been glowing. She shared feedback from one of their customers, Jill (a teacher) who said, “It is such a joy to watch all the students having fun. It is also wonderful to see the parents’ joy in watching their children participate in the league and socialize with each other. They are all so appreciative!”
“We’re excited to see the success of Bowlero Lanes & Lounge and the added accessibility options for individuals and families to have fun and make memories. It’s critical to have more organizations like BLL leading the way and doing more to welcome all guests, no matter their needs,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.
IBCCES recognized that many autistic adults and families with autistic children have limited travel and recreation options where they feel safe and welcome, and thus adapted its training and certification programs specifically for attractions, resorts, and family entertainment centers in response to this need. IBCCES is the only credentialing organization providing this type of certification, which includes evidence-based training from experts as well as the perspectives of autistic individuals, alongside other tools and support. The certification also has renewal requirements to ensure the program is a long-term commitment that has a lasting impact.