PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - The Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers are extending their brotherly arms. Their home, the Wells Fargo Center, has become the first Pennsylvania arena to accommodate those with sensory issues such as people with autism.
Daniel loves following his hometown hoops squad, but his mom says the sights and sounds of 76ers games can be a bit too much for him.
"A lot of the children on the spectrum have difficulty with different sounds or sensory issues. Daniel in particular has trouble with some bathrooms and loud noises," his mom, Marissa Post, told FOX 29.
Those big sounds and bright lights are staples of any sporting event and Daniel's family was happy to hear of recent changes to the Wells Fargo Center, including sensory kits with noise-canceling headphones and fidget tools for fans who may feel overcome by their surroundings.
"I've heard it's wonderful. It's a step in the right direction. The neurologically disabled people of Philadelphia have been waiting a long time for people to help them enjoy all kinds of venues, especially our sports, our 76ers so we think it's wonderful," Post said.
The building additions were unveiled as part of the 76ers Autism Awareness Night designed in the name of inclusion, according to team officials.
Mike McArdle checked out one of the bags with his grandson.
"It's exciting for him. He doesn't get a chance to go to a lot of events so when this rolled around his mom jumped at it," he said.
A new sensory room is also part of the efforts allowing fans with autism to cheer on their team comfortably.
Daniel's parents call it a slam dunk.
"As parents we've been advocates for inclusion and Daniel has found an outlet through basketball, so this great that the Philadelphia 76ers support these initiatives," Daniel's dad, Jack Post, said.