Tayto Park to celebrate Autism Awareness Day with special event

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Tayto Park and Autism Ireland are to team up to celebrate the second Autism Awareness Day.

The popular theme park will be donating €2 from each entry on Saturday, April 14.

They will also be hosting an autism friendly environment in the park between the hours of 9am and 12pm so families of children with autism can enjoy the park.

Changes will include no music being played throughout the park, no hand dryers will be turned on and queues for the attractions will be kept to a minimum.

There will also a quiet room on site which will be silent and peaceful on the day.

Samantha Judge, CEO of Irish Autism Action said, "Autism Ireland is delighted to collaborate with Tayto Park once again in bringing an autism friendly experience to the park on April 14.

"These events are vitally important to create a more inclusive setting and environment for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy a fun day out together."

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In preparation for the day, staff at Tayto Park have been undergoing autism awareness training with Autism Ireland.

Tayto Park have worked with Autism Ireland to create a social story (a visual guide describing the various social interactions, situations, behaviours and skills that they may encounter on the day) which will detail all attractions open on the day and help children with autism to prepare for the social situation.

You can find out more about the social story here and more details about the event here.

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