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(UK) Cornwall works to be "autism friendly"; more help at leisure centres/schools

Dec 3, 2018, Falmouth Packet: Cornwall Council's autism scheme to improve leisure centre access https://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/17272620.cornwall-councils-autism-scheme-to-improve-leisure-centre-access/ A new scheme has been put in place to allow leisure centres to improve accessibility for children with autism. Centres which meet certain requirements will be awarded autism friendly status by the Autism Spectrum Team at Cornwall Council,, which has teamed up with Cornwall Sports Partnership to offer training. 'Communication passports' have been created to help any member of staff who interacts with children with autism, featuring information to help staff members understand more about autism and how best to help them enjoy activities. … "Public places can create a lot of anxiety for people with autism, as they may struggle with social interaction, noise and a different environment. They may have sensory differences, and the experience of going to a leisure centre could prove to be hard, and prevent people going out as a family or enjoying the facilities. "It is very important that our community and leisure facilities are accessible for all to enjoy, as this is important for our health and wellbeing." Leisure centres in Bodmin and St Austell are leading the way by undertaking autism awareness training for all of their staff starting in December. The idea came as a result of a strategy to make Cornwall more autism friendly thanks to a partnership led by Cornwall Council. … Another of the priorities for the strategy centred round education. Some children had to move schools as a result of bullying, and some teachers lacked knowledge and understanding of the needs of children with autism. Cornwall Council's Autism Spectrum Team (AST) is delivering a range of activities to support schools to meet the needs of pupils with autism. …