Autism Mega Thread - Days out / Cinema (Free Entry for CEA cardholders / School Uniform / Ear defenders from £2.79 and more in the OP
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Autism Mega Thread - Days out / Cinema (Free Entry for CEA cardholders / School Uniform / Ear defenders from £2.79 and more in the OP

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10 June 2018 - Recent Autism friendly cinema screenings titles/times updated




This is going to be a long one! There's so much to cover and more to add aside from what you'll see below. Basically I wanted to create a thread dedicated to Autism. You'll find Special Cinema Screenings, Days out, Airport assistance, Easy dress school uniform and anything else that pops into my head, that I think will be of use.

Of course, feel free to drop me a PM if you think something is worth a shout and I'll take a look and add it into the list. (otherwise it may get lost in the comments) I know there's a lot of helpful info out there and i'd like it to be easy for everyone to find and use. So if anything is confusing below, gimme a shout and I'll sort it out.

The same with any deals that apply to the subject, I'll pop those in as I see them.
I will list any recent changes at the very top of the post, which might help you when coming back to see what's new, so should save you some time as well.

Okay, here goes...


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Throughout the year, cinemas such as Odeon, Cineworld and Vue hold special screenings. Most of the time the movies are really good. We've had the likes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the past. Which is great, because it means that they don't have to wait for DVD/Blu ray releases. Also It's a good excuse to arrange an outing

What is an Autism Friendly screening?
  • You'll find that lights will remain on, but low Volumes are at a much better/lower level, avoiding any extra stress
  • You can move around the cinema, if you're not keen on where you are sat
  • No trailers
  • Bring your own food and drink, without feeling like you need to hide it in a massive bag.
  • Tickets tend to be much cheaper, which is always welcome!


When & where?
Okay, so times and cinemas vary throughout the month. Here's a rundown of cinemas, dates & prices.

Note– Not all venues run these screenings, so make sure you check your local

*Odeon:
Next showing - Solo: A Star Wars Story on Sunday 24th June @ 10:15am
Screenings are on one Sunday each month

*Cineworld: Next Showing - Show Dogs on Sunday 1st July at 11am -
Screenings on the 1st Sunday of each month

*Vue: Next Showing - The Little Vampire on Sunday 24th June @ 10:15am
Screenings on the last Sunday of each month

* Showcase:
Next Showing - Show Dogs on Sunday 10th June at 10am - screenings on the 2nd Sunday of each month

* Free entry for CEA Card Holders: If you'd like to apply for a CEA card, you can do so Here - This will allow free entry to any carers that are accompanying anyone with a disability

N.I

*Odyssey Cinemas: There's currently nothing scheduled here, but worth keeping an eye on!

*Movie House Cinemas:Next Showing - March 3 and 4 for Early Man and Black Panther at Cityside, Coleraine and Glengormley @ 11am NO UPDATES since this showing

If dates have passed, please hit the "Get Deal" Link and if there are any updates for cinema screenings, they may already be in there. I'll usually update ASAP though





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Manchester
At Manchester Airport, you can get a special lanyard, so that staff can identify those with hidden disabilities. Their staff will recognise the lanyard and be on hand to help, however they can. The lanyards also grant access to the family and priority lanes at security, as well as the special assistance lanes on arrival to Manchester Airport

Birmingham
Birmingham Airport also offer special assistance, which also covers hidden disabilities such as Autism. There are also some handy help booklets you can download, that could make things easier when travelling.

They also cover assistance for those with mobility issues and also have staff that are trained in sign language, which is great, all the info for the above, can be found on their siteHere

More Airports that offer Special Assistance:

East Midlands info
Bristol Airport info
Luton Airport info
Heathrow Info
Edinburgh
Shannon AIrport
Belfast

There's some good information over on Autism speaks, that could prove quite useful. It explains what to expect and how to do things at and airport - There's an online PDF for that Here




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For shows, fireworks and other potentially loud events

Loud environments can prove quite difficult for many people, but espeically for those with autism. Sometimes you might feel put off attending gigs, firework shows and other events that maybe a little too loud.

Earplugs are always an option, but they can be uncomfortable, so the next best thing might be ear defenders. For older children and adults, Screwfix have a set, currently at £2.79 – Here

There are some specifically aimed at children, that come in a range of colours and usually sit at around the £11.50-£12 mark per set – an example of these can be found – Here


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You'd be surprised how many supermarkets have trialled quiet hours, which is basically 60 mins of shopping time, with the lights dimmed down, music off and a generally more peaceful shopping experience, as busy and noisy places can be uncomfortable for those with autism.

Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco and M&S have trialled the scheme in the past, so It's worthwhile checking with your local shop to see if they are taking part.

ASDA
Asda have introduced Happy Little Helpers shopping lists, these are actually available to all children although they were originally designed specifically for children with autism. There's some more info on thoseHere

The Entertainer – Toy Store
Apparently a quite hour is going to be rolled out across all of their 145 branches, which is just like what the supermarkets are doing. They'll offer a calmer/quieter shopping expereince. Currently it's on a trial basis, so hopefully we'll see this in more stores later this yearSource



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M&S have had this range for a while, but some still aren't aware of it. Basically they have school uniform that make things easier all round. With riptape fastening, pull up trousers and from what I can see, labels removed from the neck area.

There's sweatshirts, trousers T-shirts, long & short sleeved shirts, dresses and some other items in there, that is worth a look through - You can see their range Here


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Some parents find funding a holiday difficult, but there are places out there that you can use to apply for a grant to make things easier

The Family Fund - Here
Disability Grants - Here
Disability Aid Trust - Here
The Adamson Trust - Here
HCPT - Here
Autism Links - Here


Merlin's Magic Wand
They help families take days out at attractions, such as Legoland & Sealife centres - All the info and application details, including FAQs can be found - Here

ThinkTank - Birmingham
This looks loads of fun for kids, they offer autism only hours, a sensory room and ear defenders are available to help with any excess noise - Their site / info

Legoland WIndsor
Queuing could be a big ask for some, so don't forget that Legolandhave Ride Access passes, which will get you onto attractions/rides a lot quicker than queuing up

Eureka! - Yorkshire
If you've never been before, you need to it's brill fun, even for adults. It's full of interactive things to do and they cater for lots of disabilities. Those with autism do not need to queue, if you let a member of staff know that you're there, they will help you out asap.There's also a chillout room if things get a little much, offering a nice relaxing space to sit/lay - You can ask about it at the desk and they can give you info on it's location - More info and a downloadable guide

Tower of London
Super popular as you might know, queues can be HUGE, so they also offer queue jumping, so that you can go straight in. If you've ever been to the likes of Madame Tussauds, you'll know just how long these waiting lines can be.

Rock Up - Whiteley / Hull / Birmingham
This looks ace, there's loads of climbing activities here.
On various Saturdays throughout the month, they hold Autism/SEN friendly sessions, where they offer a much quieter experience, limited capacity and the music will be off.

"They run every 3rd Saturday of the month at Rock Up in Birmingham and Whiteley and every 1st and 3rd Saturday in Hull" But double check when booking, in case anything changes

Disney Parks Disability Access Service Card

I'm not sure if the changes from the old card are in place yet, but this looks really good idea and helps with long queues. They also offer assistance based on individual needs, which is always a good thing, right?

"The new Disability Access Service (DAS) will allow Guests with disabilities at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort to receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time. Guests Relations at the front of each park will continue to assist Guests and provide assistance that is responsive to their unique circumstances."

Titanic - Belfast
Now this look good, the perfect place to see a Titanic Exhibition, you may want to base a trip around this one - They offer some useful aids regarding accessibility, which you can find Here

Jump Boxx - Indoor Trampoline ParkBanbridge NI
I've always wanted to go to something like this, just bouncing around sounds fun!
The hold quiet hours on Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 12noon (Times/days may change, but the link above should update if that happens)



I hope the above has been some use to you, as I said above anything else at all you'd like to see in here, hit me up with a PM and I'll take a look

Thanks to @cecilmcroberts for lots of info/links for NI!
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This is great, thanks v much NeoTrix.

I'd add Blackpool Pleasure Beach, who give entry via exit passes (to avoid queues) on production of evidence of the condition. A screenshot of my son's diagnosis letter was enough for them.

Also, Take A Break Scotland (http://takeabreakscotland.org.uk) offer grants which are not means tested for holidays for families with members who have a disability, including autism.
mattsk2 m ago

surprisingly no antivaxx comments


This is the UK not America
Deano198523 h, 9 m ago

I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at …I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at birth,rather than waste the nhs’ time with doctors diagnosing it


Diagnosing any condition is not a waste of money. It is impossible to diagnose autism or any kind of developmental delay at birth or the first 12 months.
Edited by: "dgm" 26th Feb
Deano19852 h, 9 m ago

I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at …I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at birth,rather than waste the nhs’ time with doctors diagnosing it


Nice attention seeking post. I've 2 young daughters with Autism and you clearly have no idea. That's all I'll say on the matter. Heat for the OP. Great info.
Edited by: "addyb" 25th Feb
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PM sent with N.Ireland ones also to add.
Edited by: "cecilmcroberts" 25th Feb
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cecilmcroberts13 m ago

PM sent with N.Ireland ones also to add.


Thanks! I've started to add them in, I'll work through others shortly
EasyJet will always let you board either with or immediately after Speedy Boarding if you mention your child's autism. There is no need to book special assistance in advance.
Thank you so much for this, there are so many things I did not know about - especially airports. Last time I travelled with my daughter she had a meltdown at security in the airport. It was incredibly distressing, even though I booked the express service.
This is great, thanks v much NeoTrix.

I'd add Blackpool Pleasure Beach, who give entry via exit passes (to avoid queues) on production of evidence of the condition. A screenshot of my son's diagnosis letter was enough for them.

Also, Take A Break Scotland (http://takeabreakscotland.org.uk) offer grants which are not means tested for holidays for families with members who have a disability, including autism.
Great stuff
Fantastic! Thanks for this! I'll feed in any that we know about.
Thanks for your effort,this is really helpful.
If you’re autistic but don’t claim benefits, can you still get the CEA card. Doesn’t seem so from what’s written but would just like to confirm.
Excellent work, thanks for this!
Leeds Bradford airport give lanyards as I have recently experienced this with my daughter, book with the Special Assistance team in advance. Dublin airport also do this, if you happen to be travelling from there.
xtreme12315 m ago

If you’re autistic but don’t claim benefits, can you still get the CEA car …If you’re autistic but don’t claim benefits, can you still get the CEA card. Doesn’t seem so from what’s written but would just like to confirm.


Don’t think so
Heat added- thanks for the info. Autism speaks has been controversial for supporting the idea of trying to “get rid of autism” so I personally wouldn’t use their resources. I found one for adults by Gatwick Airport which is more visual but not child-orientated, so in this case the Autism Speaks one may be better.
Deano19852 m ago

I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at …I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at birth,rather than waste the nhs’ time with doctors diagnosing it


How can u tho
Deano19853 m ago

I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at …I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at birth,rather than waste the nhs’ time with doctors diagnosing it


Personally my son didn’t show any signs at birth, so how would that work then?
Thanks NeoTrix, keep up the good work!
Deano19856 m ago

I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at …I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at birth,rather than waste the nhs’ time with doctors diagnosing it


So who is going to diagnose it at birth? NHS Doctors?
surprisingly no antivaxx comments
Deano198516 m ago

I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at …I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at birth,rather than waste the nhs’ time with doctors diagnosing it


You clearly know nothing about autism, so let me educate you: The signs aren’t displayed at birth (or at least enough of them). Sometimes people get diagnosed in their mid 40’s or later.

Quite often there can be misdiagnosis’ first. I didn’t meet the speech milestones as a toddler and the doctor dismissed me just as being a late developer. I was eventually diagnosed at 14, only because I still didn’t speak much and had a sibling diagnosed (the other signs weren’t very significant alone).
mattsk2 m ago

surprisingly no antivaxx comments


This is the UK not America
"Bring your own food and drink without feeling like you need to hide it in a massive bag"


Everyone gets this wrong, I don't know where they was told you aren't allowed food

Everyone is allowed to bring their own food or drink as long as it isn't alcohol or hot food,

Even then they may not bother since I walked inside with bags of McDonald in my hand and workers didn't say anything
Edited by: "Norseg" 25th Feb
Newcastle Airport also provides excellent help on those with Hidden Disabilities and Autism - working with disability groups as well as individuals. Also provide assistance those living with Dementia, Hearing Loss and Mental Wellbeing. Customers with hidden disabilities and autism can also download hidden disability and autism passports to inform staff of their needs and can grant services such as fast track and pre-boarding.

newcastleairport.com/hid…ies (Hidden Disabilities)
newcastleairport.com/wor…ups (Disability Groups)
newcastleairport.com/pas…nce (Main Assistance Page)
Thanks op
I foster a 7 year old boy with autism I have taken him twice with his sister to the Odeon in swansea and both times they have given me a free carer entry without a CEA card. I didn't even have to ask they just did it
Fantastic thread! Thank you!
Deano198523 h, 9 m ago

I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at …I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at birth,rather than waste the nhs’ time with doctors diagnosing it


Diagnosing any condition is not a waste of money. It is impossible to diagnose autism or any kind of developmental delay at birth or the first 12 months.
Edited by: "dgm" 26th Feb
Norseg1 h, 41 m ago

"Bring your own food and drink without feeling like you need to hide it in …"Bring your own food and drink without feeling like you need to hide it in a massive bag" Everyone gets this wrong, I don't know where they was told you aren't allowed foodEveryone is allowed to bring their own food or drink as long as it isn't alcohol or hot food, Even then they may not bother since I walked inside with bags of McDonald in my hand and workers didn't say anything


I can't speak for others, but the Vue cinema in Leeds Light used to check bags before you could go in. I always told them I was going in anyway, as they had no right to search my belongings. Admittedly, they never stopped me from going through, they just depended upon people not knowing they were entitled to refuse.

EDIT - Turns out in Vue's Ts&Cs there are still these conditions:
"12. Guests may not bring or consume any hot food or alcohol purchased outside of the premises."
"20. Guests shall submit to any search by Vue of their persons or possessions before entry to the premises or at any time whilst on the premises. "
(Taken from Guest Admission Policy at myvue.com/leg…ons)
Edited by: "Erinath" 25th Feb
Erinath11 m ago

I can't speak for others, but the Vue cinema in Leeds Light used to check …I can't speak for others, but the Vue cinema in Leeds Light used to check bags before you could go in. I always told them I was going in anyway, as they had no right to search my belongings. Admittedly, they never stopped me from going through, they just depended upon people not knowing they were entitled to refuse.EDIT - Turns out in Vue's Ts&Cs there are still these conditions:"12. Guests may not bring or consume any hot food or alcohol purchased outside of the premises.""20. Guests shall submit to any search by Vue of their persons or possessions before entry to the premises or at any time whilst on the premises. " (Taken from Guest Admission Policy at https://www.myvue.com/legal/terms-and-conditions)


But they must be some dumbass staff who don't know policy's since that's not what the company says

I've checked with all the major cinemas
Vue. Odeon, Cineworld have all publicly stated that you're allowed to get bring your Own Food and Drink

This isn't a new thing it's been a thing for years

If a staff member ever says anything say "Check the Cinemas policy idiot"
Edited by: "Norseg" 25th Feb
Norseg3 m ago

But they must be some dumbass staff who don't know policy's since that's …But they must be some dumbass staff who don't know policy's since that's not what the company saysI've checked with all the major cinemasVue. Odeon, Cineworld have all publicly stated that you're allowed to get bring your Own Food and Drink


According to their Ts&Cs they still can do that (Sorry, I edited my post while you were posting this reply).
Dolphinzz1 h, 47 m ago

This is the UK not America



Yeah, we just get the "intellectuals" claiming its an easy out for bad parents.
Deano19852 h, 9 m ago

I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at …I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at birth,rather than waste the nhs’ time with doctors diagnosing it


Nice attention seeking post. I've 2 young daughters with Autism and you clearly have no idea. That's all I'll say on the matter. Heat for the OP. Great info.
Edited by: "addyb" 25th Feb
Most children don't show anything till after their first birthday. Depends on the type.
My son has had ADHD symptoms since 18 months but docs won't do anything till he's 6 it's ridiculous! We just cannot get a diagnosis even though his dad has autism and many of his cousins and uncles.

This is fab and very helpful thanks!
Fluffy_bandit6 m ago

Most children don't show anything till after their first birthday. Depends …Most children don't show anything till after their first birthday. Depends on the type.My son has had ADHD symptoms since 18 months but docs won't do anything till he's 6 it's ridiculous! We just cannot get a diagnosis even though his dad has autism and many of his cousins and uncles.This is fab and very helpful thanks!


Both my daughters got diagnosed at just over 3 and 2 years old. They are on the severe end of the spectrum though.
Erinath23 m ago

According to their Ts&Cs they still can do that (Sorry, I edited my post …According to their Ts&Cs they still can do that (Sorry, I edited my post while you were posting this reply).


But they allow you to bring your own food and drink (Not Alcohol and Hot food)

If they ask to check then they are just checking for alcohol or hot food, they can't take away your cold food and drink
Edited by: "Norseg" 25th Feb
Norseg7 m ago

But they allow you to bring your own food and drink (Not Alcohol and Hot …But they allow you to bring your own food and drink (Not Alcohol and Hot food)If they ask to check then they are just checking for alcohol or hot food, they can't take away your cold food and drink


You said "Everyone gets this wrong, I don't know where they was told you aren't allowed food" and I am just explaining that they used to check bags, telling people that was the reason why. I then added the Ts&Cs so you can see it is still strongly implied that searches still happen. Yes, they shouldn't happen & when they do they shouldn't (and most probably do not) confiscate food, but that wasn't what you were asking
Thank you for this. Heat added
Good post!.... mum of a 12 year old high functioning asd and adhd lad. The CEA card is really good we've used for a few years.... Wish they you could use it to book online though. We call to book (he only likes sitting in certain places).
Edited by: "hotdealsareus123" 25th Feb
Mega heat added OP - one of the best posts I've read on here in ages, thank you so much for taking the time. My son has ASD - I've learnt things I didn't know through this post and will be applying for a CEA card and contacting the airport re extra assistance for our summer holiday. The power of HUKD - thanks
Deano19854 h, 35 m ago

I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at …I think it would be easier to diagnose all children with autism at birth,rather than waste the nhs’ time with doctors diagnosing it


And there speaks someone who clearly knows zero about autism. People like you are just the sort of ignorant types my son will have to put up with for the rest of his life. Keep your offensive comments to yourself - none of us on here are interested
Edited by: "manic91" 25th Feb
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