An extraordinary 14,600-square foot Snoezelen® Multi-Sensory Environment becomes reality in 2005 being dedicated as the Lacey A Collier Snoezelen Complex!
In 2003, Susan Berry approached FlagHouse to design a world-class, stand-alone Snoezelen MSE that would expand and enrich the sensory world of children with disabilities. Escambia Westgate has 240 pupils, ranging in age from 4-21 years, with a broad spectrum of abilities from mild intellectual and physical impairments to severe multiple disabilities.
Inspiration for the center had come years earlier at the 1999 Snoezelen World Congress presented by FlagHouse. It took the Escambia Westgate Foundation Board six years of determined effort to raise $2 million in funding. The result: a center that takes the concept of using sensory experience within a learning environment further than ever before.
We thank FlagHouse for their support in helping Escambia Westgate School achieve the dream of a Snoezelen MSE complex, and Ms. Barbara McCormack, the designer of the rooms and environments. And a special thanks to the students of Westgate who are the inspiration and the drive behind the DREAM!”
Susan Berry, Principal , Escambia Westgate School, Pensacola , FL
This challenging opportunity showcases the ability of the Snoezelen MSE to provide a highly motivating sensory environment in an education setting to further the skills of a wider range of children and young adults with special needs. FlagHouse feels privileged to have been a part of this project and to help open up new possibilities for the children of Escambia Westgate School.
Learn more about the Lacey A. Collier Sensory Complex at Escambia Westgate School in Pensacola, Florida by visiting their website here.