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  1. Hello, I create autism visual communication tools for museums or cultural places. I’m also Mum of a 19 years old autistic working boy. For information, the “Patrimoines en famille” project is proposed in 6 cultural and historical places inFrance (2 already in the East of France, following sites in the South this month) to autistic children and teens without any limit of time. You can download the Visitor Guide to prepare your visit, the museums staff has been informed about autism to ensure a warm welcome without judgment, and a special game booklet is offered at the museum reception to all children of the family. Also, visit and tools are totally free for parents + 4 children including autistic children, thanks to corporate philanthropy. Please have a look at the link and feel free to contact me for any question. Regards and congrats for your interesting blog. http://www.fondation-culturespaces.com/fr/programmes/patrimoines-en-famille

  2. Thank you for this information. As the mother of a young man on the spectrum, I am pleased to learn of the initiatives at cultural venues to welcome ALL visitors. I have recently started a blog which documents how museums in Paris and France are trying to be inclusive.

  3. Hi,

    Just read your blog – it’s fantastic with loads of great ideas/inspiration. Just wanted to let you know that we at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire run accessible/relaxed openings on the last Tuesday of every month, 3-5pm, where interactives/videos and sounds are turned off and lights are turned up to create a bright and quiet space for those with different needs. Whilst we can’t guarantee the museum will be quiet at that time, later on in the day is usually less busy in terms of visitor numbers. We are also in the process of developing autism friendly sessions and crafts… and we have an access statement/visual story for people wanting to plan their visit – http://www.burnsmuseum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Robert-Burns-Birthplace-Museum-Access-Statement-3.pdf

    Thanks!

  4. Hi Tinc!

    At National Museums Liverpool we’re also working to improve our offer for visitors and staff with Autism and/ or learning difficulties.

    We’ve just produced our new Welcome Guides with input with our Autism Champions, a group of young adults from local schools, and will be rolling out new guides to our galleries later this year. We also host regular ‘quieter sessions’ which are listed here:
    http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/autism-sessions.aspx

    If we can offer anymore help or information just ask! Ann

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