JJC Trackman Planetarium Hosting Special Show Designed for the Neurodivergent Nov. 14

The JJC Trackman Planetarium is hosting a show specially designed for children with neurodivergent conditions Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Trackman Planetarium on Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. IMG_0406 (1024x683)

“My goal is to give families with neurodivergent children an opportunity to come to the planetarium and enjoy a show in a welcoming environment that is sensitive to their needs,” said JJC Natural Sciences Professor Andrew Morrison.

The term “neurodivergent” is relatively new in the neuroscience field, and is meant to be inclusive of all neurologically divergent conditions, including but not limited to, autism and Down Syndrome.

“We wanted to host a special event before the holidays get in full swing, and especially take into consideration how certain elements of typical movie theatre presentations are not ideal for children with neurodivergent conditions,” said Morrison. “We are hoping to present a show they will enjoy.”

There will be a 35-minute full dome show for all ages, a brief intermission, and then a 25-minute show for ages 8 and up.

Families who attend the show can expect the following arrangements:

-Some lighting will be kept on in the planetarium throughout the show.

– The sound will be turned down from normal levels.

-Anyone can get up and leave (and then come back) at any time during the show if they need to

– Guides will be available outside the planetarium to direct families to where they need to go

-Families are welcome to bring in their own snacks.


This is a free show, but reservations are required to ensure adequate accommodations for all guests. Contact Morrison at 815-280-6871 or amorriso@jjc.edu.



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