by Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel
Originally published: January 25, 2017
In what’s being called a first for a professional sports league, the NFL will make Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla. “autism friendly” — offering young fans on the autism spectrum noise-canceling headphones, stress-relief squeeze toys and a safe room, should they need it.
“Our goal is to make the game as family-friendly as possible,” said Anna Isaacson, the NFL’s senior vice president of social responsibility. “We want to see if this is something the fans take advantage of and, if so, whether we can extended it to the Super Bowl and perhaps share it with the rest of the league.”