PHRC applauds the City of Philadelphia on becoming a sensory-inclusive city


PHRC applauds the City of Philadelphia on becoming a sensory-inclusive city

It's the first city in the nation to achieve this status

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) is glad to hear that Philadelphia is now the first sensory-inclusive city in the United States. The PHRC applauds their commitment to creating a more inclusive and accessible environment for all citizens. To achieve this designation, more than 16,000 employees with the city of Philadelphia completed certified training that will allow them to better assist those with sensory sensitivities, which includes those with ADHD, autism, PTSD, and more. 

“Congratulations to the city of Philadelphia on becoming a sensory-inclusive city," said PHRC Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW. “This achievement should be celebrated and the PHRC encourages more places in the commonwealth to consider making similar changes and accommodations. It is important that we continue to create spaces that include rather than exclude people. This summer, the PHRC was honored to have Amy Nieves, head of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, join us during a panel during our 2023 disabilities conference. Her work in Philadelphia is essential and a wonderful example for other cities."

“We are so excited to see that the City of Philadelphia has taken steps to ensure that people with sensory sensitivities will feel safe and welcomed in the city," said PHRC Harrisburg Regional Director Heather Roth. “Understanding that people have different needs and being able to properly interact with and serve them is one key to developing and supporting an inclusive community. The PHRC encourages other cities and communities to follow the City of Philadelphia's lead and engage in similar actions."

The PHRC is the state's leading civil rights enforcement agency. Under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, it is illegal to discriminate based on disability. The PHRC urges anyone who has experienced acts of discrimination or hate to file a complaint with the PHRC by calling 717-787-4410. Information and resources are also available at


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