Today is a special day for children and children at heart all across America, as it is the official US book launch for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® 2021 book.
Over the past 12 months, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® processed nearly 59,000 applications from all over the world, but only a small percentage received record-holder status and one of those record holders is Indianapolis-based nonprofit Damar Services. Last February, Damar successfully attempted a record for the MOST PEOPLE MAKING SENSORY BOTTLES SIMULTANEOUSLY at their annual fundraising gala.
The attempt was approved by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®, which had an official adjudicator at the event to certify the result.
In late-September, Damar was notified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® officials that their record had been among only 3,000 selected to be featured in the famed book. So, not only had they made history, but they had become a part of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® legacy.
Damar provides a wide range of services to children and adults living with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. In its work, the organization goes through a lot of sensory bottles, which are plastic containers filled with items such as glitter that move slowly when shaken. Often referred to as calm-down bottles, they assist people with developmental disabilities by helping to calm their breathing and regulate their emotions.
“A sensory bottle might seem trivial to some people, but for the people we serve, they can be essential tools for helping to manage their behaviors,” said Damar Services CEO Jim Dalton. “Our hope is that the world will learn a little more about autism through the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® book or perhaps a child with autism see a tool that they use and realize that they too can be a record setter.”
Damar used the 662 sensory bottles at their ABA clinics and will continue to use them at outreach events in Central Indiana.
About Damar Services, Inc.
For more than 50 years, Damar Services has been a leader in providing services to children and adults challenged by autism and intellectual, developmental and behavioral disabilities. From its main campus on Indianapolis’ southwest side, a northeast side clinic and other locations across the state, Damar offers residential and community-based treatment, outpatient behavioral health services and ABA Autism Services by Damar. In addition, Damar operates two schools and provides foster care services. For more information, visit www.damar.org.
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