Henry Doorly Zoo launches new sensory mobile app experience

(Omaha, NE) -- Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Autism Action Partnership have launched a free all-inclusive mobile app experience, Omaha Zoo 4 All, to help engage visitors with autism or sensory needs, as well as their families.

The zoo says while exploring their 160-acre property, app users will have access to the following at their fingertips:

  • Sensory guides to preview exhibits
    • Sensory and audio versions are available in easy and advanced formats with a selection of font styles.
  • Customizable scheduler to plan your visit
    • Make your own checklist for the day using a selection of pre-populated items. Also create your own to-dos and upload your own photos.
  • Sensory-friendly map with quiet areas and other stimuli
    • Identify quiet spaces, low-light zones, high-touch areas and the best places to move around.
  • Communication and reminder tools
    • Tap on one of many pictures to talk, ask for help or serve a reminder of a particular task.
  • Card-matching game to relax your senses
    • Match cards featuring different animals and habitats from around the Zoo.
  • Insider tips
    • Hours of operation for our rides and attractions, wagon, stroller and wheelchair rental information, and more of your frequently asked questions answered.

Sensory kits will also be available to checkout on a first-come, first-serve basis at the main entrance of the Zoo. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, they will also be available at the Zoo’s North Entrance when it is open.

The kits can be used in addition to the sensory app or on their own. Each one includes headphones with ear covers, sunglasses, a two-minute sand timer and fidget items.

The app is available for download on Apple’s App Store or Google Play for Android. The app can be found in their respective stores by searching “Omaha Zoo.” A red square with the outline of the Desert Dome, one of the four colored boxes of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s logo, serves as the app’s icon.

(Photos by the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium)

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