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Problem: Due to public events being commonly characterized by crowded spaces, loud volumes, and unpredictable changes, attractions such as the Jacksonville Zoo can be challenging for those with ASD without proper accommodations (Kimura et al., 2020)

Purpose: The purpose of this capstone project was to advocate for updated evidence-based sensory accommodations at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for those with an ASD diagnosis with the intention of creating a more inclusive zoo experience.

Publication Date

Spring 5-14-2023


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Accessibility; Occupational Therapy; ASD; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Jacksonville; Zoo

Medical Subject Headings

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders; Gardens; Animas, Zoo; Florida, Occupational Therapy


Animal-Assisted Therapy | Mental and Social Health | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Spring 2023 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 4 and April 12, 2023.

Expanding Accessibility for Guests with Autism-Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Who Visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, FL