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Ventura Air Services is certified as sensory inclusive
With its new certification, Ventura is now better prepared to assist clients with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when flying.

Farmingdale, New York-based Ventura Air Services is recognised by inclusivity and accessibility promoter KultureCity for its commitment to creating sensory-inclusive spaces. The company ensures its private jet travel and any events that it hosts are sensory inclusive.

"We're thrilled to have achieved this groundbreaking milestone: becoming the first private aviation company to be certified as sensory inclusive. At Ventura Air Services we've always believed that every passenger deserves a comfortable and welcoming journey. This certification reaffirms our commitment to inclusivity, ensuring that travellers of all sensory needs feel valued and accommodated every step of the way," says CEO Nik Tarascio.

KultureCity's flagship Sensory Inclusive programme has been widely embraced by venues, stadiums and cultural institutions across the nation and around the world for its provision of training and resources to staff, enabling them to better accommodate individuals with sensory sensitivities. As a result, countless families and individuals can now experience and enjoy live events, entertainment and public spaces with greater comfort and ease.

The certification process entailed the staff at Ventura being trained by leading medical and neurodivergent professionals on how to recognise those clients with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will also be available to all clients of Ventura who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.

Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions; age is no factor in this. Individuals might become overwhelmed from the crowds, lights, sounds, smells or other external stimuli associated with travel. Founded on the belief that every person deserves to fully participate in all aspects of life, KultureCity has been a driving force in fostering a culture of acceptance. With its new certification, Ventura is now better prepared to assist clients with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when flying.

Prior to their flights, families can download a free app to view and access the sensory features available, and a Social Story will provide a preview of what to expect during the flight.

"Empowering communities through inclusion and innovation, Ventura Air Services is aligned with the same visionary spirit as KultureCity and is championing a world where every individual, regardless of ability, is not just accepted but celebrated for their unique contributions to the tapestry of humanity," says KultureCity executive director Uma Srivastava.

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