Devils to host Autism Acceptance Night tomorrow

Fans will experience changes to game presentation elements, designated sensory room and more at game, sponsored by Schindler

The New Jersey Devils will host Autism Acceptance Night on Tuesday at the Prudential Center, producing a fan experience that will have unique changes to game presentation elements — including a designated sensory room.

The event is co-sponsored by Schindler Group, a leading global provider of elevators, escalators and related services, which makes its North American headquarters in Morristown.

Prior to the game, the Devils will distribute a “Guide to the Game” video across the Devils’ social channels, so those attending can learn what to expect during the game. There will be a designated entrance for autistic individuals at M&M’s Tower, located on the corner of Lafayette and Mulberry streets. The M&M’s Tower entrance will open at 5 p.m., 30 minutes prior to regular doors, with trained staff on hand and minimal crowd ingress.

Select participants from Schindler and Nassan’s Place will join Devils players as they walk into the arena prior to the game. Nassan’s Place is a nonprofit corporation that is helping to make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by autism in and around underserved communities by providing educational and recreational programs, social outings and resources.

The national anthem will be performed by 13-year-old Brody Shinderman, who is a part of the autistic community. During the game, Autism Warriors will be honored as Group of the Game. Popcorn for the People, which employs members of the autistic and disabled community, will be featured as the “Food Item of the Game” and on next week’s “Chico Eats” episode. Additionally, Nassan’s Place will be the 50/50 recipient from funds raised throughout the night.

A designated sensory room sponsored by Schindler will be available throughout the night. The room will be located in the Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office Lounge on Suite Level 2 and will be a safe space for those who are a part of the autism community. Those who visit the room will be given a Sensory Kit, including items from Schindler, and experience low lighting, controlled temperature and calm music. Additionally, the volume in-bowl will be lowered. Sensory Kits will also be available at Guest Services located behind Section 9 and 114.

Stephanie Kaminski, Schindler’s senior director of marketing, communications and customer excellence, said the group is proud to once again be the sponsor of the event.

“Schindler is a longtime supporter of the autistic community, and we’re proud to continue this meaningful partnership with Prudential Center,” she said. “We’re excited to help move thousands of fans through the arena to enjoy the Autism Acceptance Night game.”

Chad Biggs, senior vice president, corporate partnerships activation for the Devils and Prudential Center, said the organizations are happy to do their part to be more welcoming to all.

“We are thankful to partner with Schindler once again for the Devils’ Autism Acceptance Night and foster a safe and comforting space for all fans at Prudential Center,” he said.