As some of our favourite literary characters hit the big screen, one charity is asking their autism friendly cinema guests to visit their local library and spread the autism friendly message.
Building on the success of their monthly autism friendly cinema screenings, learning disability and autism support provider, Dimensions, launched autism friendly libraries in partnership with the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians.
By providing training and resources, they hope to see libraries across the country making a few simple adjustments to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for their guests on the autistic spectrum.
But, the training isn’t compulsory and they need the public’s help to let libraries know why autism friendly environments are so important.
They are using this summer’s book inspired blockbusters to encourage more young people to visit their library and motivate libraries to take the training and steps to become autism friendly.
Lisa Hopkins, managing director of Dimensions, said, “A quarter of a million visits to Dimensions autism friendly cinema screenings tells its own story. The demand is there. Before you see The BFG, Pete’s Dragon and Asterix and Obelix, ask your library to take the free autism friendly training and help more people with autism enjoy their community.”
During the summer holidays, over 250 Odeon, Vue, Cineworld and Showcase cinemas will show regular monthly autism friendly screenings and a selected number of ODEON cinemas will also be showing one film every week in August.
Many of the films are based on classic stories, and now libraries are also welcoming regular and new bookworms, with autism, to take part in their Big Friendly Read.
By providing an inclusive environment, more young people with autism can access their community, meet new people and learn academic and social skills through books and new experiences. Find out more at www.dimensions-uk.org/autismfriendly