Over the coming weeks and months, there will be a variety of autism-friendly events taking place around Glasgow. As part of the overall Autism Aware initiative, the offers available have vastly improved for those with autism that live, work or visit the city.

Some of the events this year are as follows;

The GFT:
Take 2 Access: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (PG)
Saturday 7 December (12.00)

Film content: moderate fantasy threat, mild violence and scary scenes.
Ticketing link: https://glasgowfilm.org/shows/take-2-access-maleficent-mistress-of-evil-pg

Access Film Club: Gremlins (12A)
Tuesday 10 December (Film begins: 18.00)

Film content: moderate violence and fantasy horror
Ticketing link: https://glasgowfilm.org/shows/access-film-club-gremlins-12a
Further information can be found on their website.

Irn–Bru Carnival:
On Tuesday 31st December 2019 from 11am onwards and Tuesday 7th January 2020 from 4pm onwards, the Irn–Bru carnival will host autism aware sessions. During these sessions, music will be switched off, or played at a low volume and rides will be slower where possible. Additionally, the main hall lights will be turned on. Furthermore, quiet areas will also be accessible during these sessions.
For the first hour of these events, visitors with autism and sensory disorders will have the opportunity to enjoy what is on offer without any queues or crowds, as the general public will not have access during this hour. However, the other procedures in place, i.e, reduced music and lights will remain in place for two hours. Once the two hours are up, the main hall lights will steadily be dimmed and the music will gradually increase and rides will return to their regular speed.
Further information can be found on their website.

Glasgow Science Centre:
The Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) has its own monthly autism-friendly hours. The time schedule for these monthly autism hours is 09:00 – 11:00. During these hours the sound will be lowered and the lights will be dimmed. After 11, these will return to their original levels. On your arrival GSC will provide a map which identifies areas of their exhibition floor where you will find:

  • Noisy exhibits
  • Sensory experiences
  • Quiet spaces
  • Toilets

Future dates are as follows:

  • 17th November 2019
  • 15th December 2019
  • 19th January 2020

Further information can be found on their website.

St Enoch Centre:
Santa Claus will be visiting St Enoch and setting a dedicated time to support children with learning difficulties and sensory challenges such as autism.
Quiet Santa sessions will be held from 10am to 10.40am on Sunday 1st / 8th / 15th / 22nd December
The dedicated 5 minutes slots are free however the centre will be collecting during the event on behalf of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

Christmas Markets:
George Square Christmas Market will have a quiet room available for individuals with autism and sensory disorders. In addition, St Enoch Shopping Centre have their very own accessible quiet room which visitors to the St Enoch Christmas market are more than welcome to use.
You can find out more about Autism Aware Glasgow here – https://www.glasgowcitycentrestrategy.com/project/autism-friendly-city-centre