The Autism Society of the Quad Cities is sponsoring a unique movie playing at the Putnam Museum Sunday, March 11th. “Wild Africa” is an autism/sensory-friendly film. Autism Society of the Quad Cities President Gary Rowe joined us to talk more about his organization and the movie itself. To learn more, watch the video above.


The Autism Society of the Quad Cities will note Autism Awareness by sponsoring Wild Africa—an autism/sensory friendly screening on March 11, 2018 at 1:45pm at the Putman Museum. Persons with autism, their family members and friends, and members of the community can enjoy this event.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions. People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways.

What is sensory-friendly? It’s a movie modified to be “friendlier” to the senses. Changes to the environment and film experience include: dimmed but not turned off theater lights, lower volume, all movies in 2D, little to no trailers before the movie and handicapped access to theater. Guests of all ages have the freedom to move around and make noise during the show, as well as bring in outside food and drink to suit their dietary needs!

A designated “chill out zone” is available outside of the theater featuring therapy dogs from the Quad Cities Canine Assistance Network to provide comfort for those attending.

ALL ticket prices will be $5 per person. Tickets are available at Use discount code ASQC at checkout to receive the $5 price.

The Autism Society of the Quad Cities provides information, education, support, and advocacy in the Quad Cities and surrounding area to maximize the potential of persons with autism and those affected by autism. For more information call (563)343-1057 or click here. The walk is listed under the “get involved” tab.