Hippodrome introduces Autism Friendly Screenings

 

Falkirk Community Trust has announced that a season of autism friendly screenings for young people with autism and their families will be piloted this summer.  
 
The new June to August season at the Hippodrome has been published and includes an exciting new development.  Specially adapted screenings will ensure that, for selected showings, the film and the cinema environment within the Hippodrome will suitable for children with autism spectrum disorders and/or sensory hypersensitivity.  
 
The screenings are priced as normal and everyone is welcome to attend but the following modifications will be observed:
  • No adverts / trailers 
  • Modified lighting (ie. brighter lit in the auditorium) 
  • Reduced volume 
  • A relaxed approach to moving from your seat
  • The option to bring your own refreshments if specific dietary requirements are not available from the Hippodrome café.
 
Autism Friendly screenings in the new season at the Hippodrome are:
Alison Strauss, Arts Development Officer (Film and Media), Falkirk Community Trust said:
 
“At the Hippodrome we want to play our part in making great cinema experiences part of everyone’s childhood.  One of the biggest anxieties faced by parents of children with autism is taking them in to environments that might cause them distress.  By making the small adjustments we have planned, more families can enjoy a trip to the Hippodrome.  And families with children who do not all have autism, and who otherwise have to organise separate activities, can experience their outing together.  This is an important development for our programme and I am looking forward to hearing the feedback of the pilot from our audiences.”
 
Published on Wednesday, 29th May 2013

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