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Autism friendly theatre.

One of the things I love about the Internet is that sense of serendipity you get when over a short period of time you read different things in different places by different people and they all link together and build on each other.

Yesterday I read this article from The Stage about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time holding a “relaxed performance” this summer, geared up to meeting the needs of families with children with autistic spectrum conditions, and other sensory difficulties. This sounded like such a brilliant idea to me, and just knowing it existed made me happy. When I tweeted a link to the article a friend told me more about the project, currently in its pilot phase. I did a bit of searching and read more about the various theatres that are taking part in it.

This lunchtime I saw another friend tweet a link to this blogpost from Through Accepting Limits blog. This is a post by a parent of a child on the autistic spectrum about their family trip to see an autism-friendly performance of The Lion King. It’s a wonderful, moving read, and to me it just perfectly finished my experience discovering one way theatres are working to become more accessible.

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