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Autism and going to the cinema

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As cinemas are often places that are not easily accessible, autism-friendly screenings (AFS) aim to make families feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed in an environment that can otherwise seem traumatic.

Families are able to enjoy a film in an environment designed for people on the autism spectrum, their friends and carers. During the film, low lights are left on inside the auditorium, the volume of the soundtrack is reduced and there should not be any trailers.

Cinema goers are free to move around, make a noise or take a break during the film if they need to - these are activities not usually encouraged at regular screenings.

The CEA Card is a national card scheme which enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema. For more details please visit their website.

 

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