CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) For families with special needs children a trip to the movies can be difficult. Ryan and Jennifer Gray wanted to share the pastime with their autistic son so they created an organization called Kentucky Sound Down. The group lets families with autistic children take a trip to the silver screen, but in a safe environment.
Tri-County Cineplex in Corbin hosted the film just as they do for any other movie, but the Gray family says this showing is more comfortable for those with special needs.
"It's unpredictable, especially with autism you never know what's going to happen that day," said Ryan Gray."It all came about because my son is autistic. We knew going into it that we wouldn't be able to take him to a regular theater."
For a Sound Down flick, the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down.
“So kids feel more calm and that makes the parents much more calm,” Gray said.
Other parents who brought their children say this is the first time their child has ever been to the movies.
"Our daughter could not go to a movie theater it was too loud too noisy, sudden," said Kristen Tibourtine.
The Tibourtine family brought their eight-year-old daughter, Emma, to her first Sound Down movie two years ago.
“It was baby steps but we kept attending all of these movies and slowly but surely she was able to do it, Tibourtine said.”She now can sit through all of the movie she can laugh at the funny parts she loves it."
Sound Down movies are open to all families with special needs. Moviegoers get free admission, coke and popcorn.