THE Irn-Bru Carnival will host autism-friendly hour-long sessions in partnership with the National Autistic Society Scotland.

The funfair, which is Europe’s largest indoor, will open for an autism-friendly hour on December 31 from 11am to 12pm and January 8 from 4 to 5pm. This will be before access is given to the general public.

During the sessions, surroundings will be more comfortable for guests with the main hall lights turned down, music turned off and rides operating at a slower pace. No one with a general entry ticket (valid from the standard entry time) will be granted access to the hall at this time, so it will also be generally less busy and a much quieter time to visit.

It is the second year the popular festive attraction has offered such an event to its customers.

Nick Ward, National Director at the National Autistic Society Scotland, said: “We know that two thirds of autistic people in Scotland feel socially isolated – but we also know that small adjustments can often make a big difference, meaning they can access and enjoy the places that many of us take for granted.

“Autistic people and their families want the opportunity to enjoy the carnival experience just like everyone else. But many find the crowds, bright flashing lights and loud music overwhelming.

“By introducing autism-friendly sessions with slower paced rides and a quieter environment, The IRN-BRU Carnival is improving accessibility and ensuring it is accessible for autistic people and their families.

“I hope that other organisations will be encouraged to follow their lead and help make Scotland a more autism-friendly nation.”

Greg Cherry, Managing Director of QD Events, organiser of the event, added: “We want everyone to enjoy the Carnival, and believe it is important to invest the time and make sure these sessions are available to those who require them. Last year was a success and we look forward to seeing everyone having fun again this year.”

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