16:00 Monday 22 April 2013

Cinema to host autism screenings

Written byROB SMYTH

PEOPLE with autism in Burton will soon find it easier to watch their favourite films on the big screen.

Not-for-profit organisation Dimensions, which supports people who suffer from autism and people with learning disabilities, has joined forces with Cineworld as part of the Autism Friendly Film initiative.

A select few cinemas across the country, including the one in Middleway Park, Burton, will take part in the initiative

The first film to show across all 53 cinemas will be Finding Nemo from 11am on Sunday, May 5.

The screenings will be shown monthly, on the first Sunday of the month

Lisa Hopkins, executive director of practice development at Dimensions, said having such partnerships provides more opportunities for people with autism to be included in their communities.

She said: “We are really pleased to be partnering with Cineworld to extend this important and successful project even further.

“People who can sometimes be excluded from the traditional cinema experience, because they may find the sensory experience too difficult to manage, will be able to watch a wider variety of films, more frequently, in an environment conducive with their needs.

“These opportunities are important stepping stones towards full inclusion in mainstream cinemas.

“The cinema experience can be a particularly challenging environment but it is one that can be made accessible by good partnership working.”

The partnerships allow Dimensions to advise on adjustments necessary for people with autism and sensory differences to enjoy watching films in an environment suitable for needs.

These include the lights being left on low, volume turned down and no trailers.

Dimensions already has a similar agreement with Odeon and screens films at the Swadlincote cinema.

More information on dates and times is available by visiting www.dimensions-uk.org/autismfilms

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