Beamish Museum leads the way on Autism and Neurodiversity Awareness

Beamish Museum, in County Durham, was one of the first organisations in the region to join “Connect to Autism” a national campaign in 2016 designed to improve access to facilities and services for people with autism.

As part of the project, Beamish Museum has signed up the Autism Charter, highlighting its commitment to make the venue more autism-friendly.

The Autism Charter which was produced by people on the autism spectrum aims to show businesses and organisations how minor adjustments and a better understanding of the condition can help those affected feel welcome.

Since the launch of the campaign Beamish Museum has committed to undergo staff training in autism and neurodiversity. Richard Evan, Director of Beamish, said: “Autism touches so many people and an increasing number of our visitors, staff and volunteers either have personal experience of autism or are close to someone who does.

“The autism charter sets out some important guidance on how to make people who have autism feel welcome and meet their needs as much as possible. The Beamish Museum community has always strived to do this and we believe that signing up to the charter will help us to continue our good work in this area.

“With the support of North East Autism Society we have trained around 40 more of our staff and volunteers in autism and neurodiversity and we are committed to building on this and improving our services in the future, not only as a visitor attraction but also as an employer.”

Beamish Museum were part of the year-long pilot scheme for “Connect to Autism” and are now taking part in Autism and Neurodiversity training.

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