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Post date: May 10, 2016 9:42:39 AM

Holiday time


At DisabledHolidays.com,they know that looking for the right holiday for a family member with autism can be time consuming and stressful. Finding a destination with appropriate facilities and with staff who are sensitive to you and your needs is a priority.

They have holidays suitable for someone with autism. They feature lots of activities and entertainment for kids to enjoy in a safe environment. For those looking for somewhere more secluded, they have hundreds of cottages around the UK too - whatever you need, To find out more about these or any other of the thousands of holidays we have available, please call them on 01457 833 444

Planning anxiously for a holiday abroad, There services available for people with autism if you are flying from Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon.

They both offer a type of Autism Awareness Policy, where you can apply for either a wristband or an autism voucher which can displayed in the airport if you need help from a staff member, taken to a quiet place if it gets too much or even help with queuing for check-in/security. For further details, please follow the links below for their airport websites for further details:

Manchester Airport

Liverpool John Lennon

Wirral Coastal Walk

Sunday, 12th June from 8:30am onwards.

That time of the year again for the full 15 mile Wirral Coastal Walk, this is a brilliant way to spend a Sunday on a long walk with friends and family, To learn more about the walk go to www.wirralcoastalwalk.org

Research Project – Physical Exercise for children with ASD

A research project taking place with Liverpool John Moores University, this particular project is regarding physical exercises effect on stress, sleep, stereotypical behaviour, communication and social interactions for children aged between 5 -11 years with a diagnosis of ASD. For further details on the project and how you can take part, please follow the link below.

Research Project Details

The Autism Show

Its that time of the year again for the annual Autism Show in Manchester hosted by The National Autistic Society, this year it will be on Friday, 1st and Saturday, 2nd July at Event City in Manchester (right next to the Trafford Centre). The show itself offers information, advice, products and services related to people on the autism spectrum. There are over 20 guest speakers at the event and over 50 exhibition stands to find out more about products and services for people with autism.

For further details on the event, see who is exhibiting, who the guest speakers are and to book your tickets; please follow the website link below:

Autism Show Website

Play Mattel Liverpool – Autism Friendly!

Play Mattell will be hosting their very first Autism Friendly session on Wednesday, 25th May between 6:00 – 8:00pm!! they only have a maximum number of 100 places for their autism friendly sessions, to allow the session to feel calmer and relaxed for children (normally it would be 250!), Prices are £11 per child and 1 accompanying carer each can go for free.

Staff at Play Mattell have all undergone Autism Awareness training and are keen to welcome you! If these sessions are a little late for your children, they would welcome you anytime and recommend coming in the morning around 9am, when the place is much quieter.

For further details and to book a place on their next evening check out photos of the place, please follow the link below to their website:

Play Mattel Website

Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings

Once a month every cinema on the Wirral and in Liverpool will show an autism friendly screening of a children’s movie; this is great for all ages and family members to attend and is targeted at those with a child with ASD or disability. The screenings differ from the usual mainstream as there are no adverts before the film is shown (therefore be there on time), the lights are raised slightly and the sound is lowered; also if your child swops seats or talks during the performance then this is ok. This is also a good chance to meet other families with children with ASD. This months screenings are:

Odeon Cinema, Bromborough – will be showing The Angry Birds Movie on Sunday, 22nd May at 11:03am.

Vue Cinema, Birkenhead & Cheshire Oaks will be showing Alvin and the Chipmunks: Roadchip on Sunday, 29th May at 10:00am (£1.99 per ticket).

Cheshire Oaks – Autism Friendly

Cheshire Oaks now host monthly autism friendly shopping experiences, with a couple of adaptions to help ease the anxiety that shopping can cause and also to help build confidence of people with autism and their families to go out shopping! The adaptions made include; lights turned down low, music turned down low/turned off, a number of different quiet zones throughout the site for a place to go if feeling overwhelmed and need a break, all staff have received training in autism from our award winning Autism in Practice department.

Also if you visit the customer services office when you arrive, you can pick up a map of the Cheshire Oaks site which will outline all the quiet zones for you and also autism alert cards which can be handed out to the public or a staff member if you require any assistance.

The next Autism Friendly Shopping night will be on Today, (10th May )from 5:00 – 9:00pm

This weeks useful websites:

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Please let us know if you have found an autism friendly activity or venue email us any information and we can let other families know.