Autism and neurodiverse friendly attractions

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There are a few Autism and neurodiverse attractions in Yorkshire, and here are a few of them:

 Autism-friendly screenings at Cineworld Cinemas, across the UK

Cineworld regularly hold autism-friendly screenings at over 60 Cineworld cinemas across the UK and Ireland at 11am on the first Sunday of every month. During these special sensory-friendly screenings the lighting is kept on, volume levels are reduced, there are no trailers and seating is not allocated. Viewers can also move around and bring their own food and drink with them. This makes the cinema more inclusive and accessible and allows children to not break with familiar routines.

Eureka! Children’s Museum in Halifax

This interactive children’s museum is wholly inclusive to all children and has hundreds of hands-on exhibits for all kids, aged from 0 to 11. There are ear defenders for loan, a chill-out room, helpful and specially-trained enablers and a downloadable resource to help prepare children prior to the visit. They also hold special events for children on the autism spectrum.

National Science and Media Museum in Bradford

This is for children who like Science and Media.

This is a great sensory place for kids to explore. The museum also hosts regular Early Birds session between 8.30am and 10am for families with children on the spectrum, an anxiety disorder, or a need that means they would benefit from a quieter, more relaxed museum opening. Families can explore the museum before it opens to the public at 10am. 

Entry and activities are free but booking is required.

The Deep, Hull

The Deep is one of the UK’s biggest aquariums and its “Access For All” policy makes an effort to welcome visitors with access or additional needs.

We like The Deep because it’s a sensory experience. From gazing at the fish in huge tanks, to interactive sessions with crabs, bubble tubes, glow-in-the-dark jellyfish and a small soft play for under 5s, there is plenty to keep children entertained.

Essential carers get in free and you only have to pay for children over the age of 3. Make sure you take your Disability Living Allowance award letter, or other identification, as proof.

Once you’ve paid, you receive a 12-month free pass to go back as many times as you like.

There’s an accessible entrance for people with additional needs. This is a godsend on cold rainy days when visitors are queuing around the car park to get inside.

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