19 Feb 2018
One of Glasgow’s most popular visitor attractions is set to offer autism-friendly sessions every Sunday.
During Autism Friendly Hours, Glasgow Science Centre will be lowering the volume and softening the lights to allow children and adults with autism to enjoy their visit without additional stress.
The sessions begin on Sunday 18th March, and will run from 9-11am. In addition to hundreds of interactive exhibits in the Science Mall, visitors to the first autism-friendly session can crack a case with the DIY Detectives, explore space in the digital planetarium, learn about the world of magnets, and become a computer programmer with Hour of Code.
Sally Pritchard, Community Learning Coordinator at GSC, said: ‘Everyone should be able to experience all Glasgow Science Centre has to offer and we are working hard to remove barriers to participation and encourage inclusion from all areas of society.’
‘In the Science Mall, calm corners and quiet rooms with weighted blankets and ear defenders will be available for visitors to use, and custom maps of the Science Mall have been created that highlight potential noisy areas and sensory experiences.’
The launch comes in partnership with Glasgow City Council’s work with Autism Network Scotland, aiming to make Glasgow the first autism-friendly city centre in the UK.
The Council recently released a logo designed by schoolgirl Nicola Johnston which will identify autism-friendly locations across the city.
For more information on Autism Friendly Hours, visit https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/discover/family-events/autism-friendly-hours