If you've got a child that experiences autism or sensory sensitivity, a trip to the cinema may be something you've avoided. But that doesn't need to be the case. Many cinemas offer autism-friendly screenings so that you and your youngster can sit back and enjoy a film together in a setting that won't aggravate them.
What makes a cinema Autism friendly?
According to Dimensions (a not-for-profit organisation providing support services for people with learning disabilities), adjustments that cinemas can make to help autistic guests really enjoy their cinema experience includes:
Lights left on low
Sound turned down
No adverts or trailers
Staff trained in autism understanding
Chill out zone, where available
Bring your own food and drink
Free entry for carers with a valid CEA Card, or other concessions made available
The first cinema chain to partner with Dimensions to offer nationwide autism-friendly screenings, once a month on a Sunday morning, ODEON host an autism-friendly screening at over 90 cinemas across the UK and ROI.
At these screenings ODEON:
Keep the house lights on throughout the film
Lower the audio volume
Remove the advertisements and trailers before the film
Open the cinema doors early so guests have time to get used to the surroundings
To find out about autism-friendly screenings at your local cinema, simply select the 'Autism friendly' filter when looking for films and showtimes at your cinema.
Known as 'relaxed screenings', Everyman creates a relaxed and welcoming environment especially for people on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivity, learning disabilities and/or additional needs and their families, friends and carers.
At these screenings Everyman:
Have no trailers or advertisements
Lights are left on low throughout the film
Guests have the freedom to move around and make noise
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