Daniel Cadey, Autism Friendly Development Manager at the National Autistic Society, said: There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK and they, together with their friends and families, would love to visit our famous heritage sites and places of worship. But many find busy, unfamiliar environments overwhelming, which stops them from accessing these spaces.
“Through helping organisations achieve our Autism Friendly Award, we know that it’s often the smallest changes that make the biggest difference. For instance, making sure that staff are aware of and understand hidden conditions like autism, or that there are quieter places for autistic visitors to go if they are feeling overwhelmed.
“So we are delighted that Hereford Cathedral has achieved our Autism Friendly Award. Staff and volunteers impressed us with their energy and commitment to improve the experience of the cathedral both for autistic members of the congregation and for visitors. Staff consulted autistic people about thechanges they would like to see and the new autism friendly online guide is clear and concise and very easy to use.
“We hope many more heritage sites will follow their inspiring example, helping us tomove a little bit closer to creating a world that works for autistic people.”