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How Books Are Making This Summer Autism-Friendly

Thursday, 4 Aug 2016

Brody reading  You may have seen a Big Friendly Giant creeping around the cinema scene lately, a classic story many of us are familiar with. And, while the prospect of seeing a big friend on the big screen is exciting, one charity is using it as an opportunity to make more environments autism friendly.

The summer, learning disability and autism support provider Dimensions is boosting both its national autism friendly cinema screenings and its drive for more autism friendly libraries. The aim – to encourage more people with sensory sensitivities to enjoy new stories, new experiences and new environments.

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.

Responding to research conducted by Dimensions, which found that 90% of people with autism would use their library if some sensory friendly adjustments were made, every library in the country now has access to autism friendly training and resources.

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.”

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