Illawarra Community Sensory Room

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The project is called SMILE (Sensory Made Inclusive Leisure Environment) and UOW Global Challenges has teamed with CareWays Community in the development of a community-based multi-sensory environment (MSE).

MSEs are typically found in education settings (special education) and residential settings for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as in hospitals and residential facilities for people with dementia and mental health issues. As MSEs are typically found in institutional settings, families and carers are not generally able to access these rooms, which provide safe, non-threatening and enjoyable leisure experiences that give the user control to use the equipment in the room to meet their individual sensory needs.

The SMILE project is investigating the implementation of a MSE in the Horsley Community Centre and seeking the input of families, carers and professionals involved in disability care and services to help make this community MSE the place that will meet the needs of people in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

We would like to know about what equipment you and your families would like to see installed in the room. What would meet your clients’/families’ needs?
Take part in a two-round online survey.
It takes 10 minutes or less to complete.
Information about MSEs and the equipment that can be installed is provided.

The link to the survey is:

The survey will close on Friday 3rd March 2017. If you would like to know more about this project or clarify any details about the survey, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Carly Pascoe
West Dapto Community Development Officer
CareWays Community
[email protected]