Date Posted: 18 June 2018
For many people, going for a day out at a tourist attraction is a thought that fills people with excitement. But for people with autism, the idea of going somewhere new can fill them with a sense of dread and nervousness.
Kents Cavern is the first in the Heritage Ability network to develop a Visual Story in Devon. Just in time for Autistic Pride Day, this guide gives people with autism advance information so they can prepare for unwelcome surprises before their visit.
Elliot Ling, Learning Officer at Kents Cavern said: “We recently received our British Sign Language videos from Heritage Ability, so we’re even more delighted to strengthen our accessibility with our new Visual Story. We’ve already found that it’s been used, not just by people with autism, but also by school groups and foreign visitors. The thought of going into the cave can fill some people with anxiety, so it’s great to be able to offer a guide that will help people feel more confident to visit.”
We've created the Visual Story with guidance from a user-led panel and a mother of a child with autism.
You can take a peek at the guide on the locations page on our website, or on the Kents Cavern website.