April 8, 2014

Mark McDonald MSP CC BY-ND by SeeMeScotland
Mark McDonald MSP CC BY-ND by SeeMeScotland

Scotland, SNP MSP Mark McDonald – praised theatres and cinemas which provide autism-friendly performances and screenings and urged others to do the same during a member’s debate on April 2 2014.

Mr McDonald has an autistic son.

In January, Mr McDonald supported an ASD-friendly pantomime at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre. Autism Daily Newscast covered the story back in December.

Relaxed performances can be achieved through subtle changes such as leaving on some house lights, reducing sound levels and permitting audience members to move around during performances and providing quiet areas.

Autism Network Scotland describe a conventional pantomime performance as “overwhelming and even distressing” for some with autism.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop also welcomed those theatres, cinemas and arts groups who already offer autism-friendly access but accepted

“there is still more work to be done in bringing culture activities to more people”.

You can read the full story on the BBC Democracy Live website here

About the author 

Jo Worgan

Jo Worgan is a published author, writer and blogger. She has a degree in English Literature. She writes about life with her youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum. Jo tweets (@mummyworgan) and is also a freelance columnist for the Lancaster Guardian. ‘My Life with Tom, Living With Autism‘ is her second book and a culmination of her blog posts, and available on Kindle now, along with her first book, Life on the Spectrum. The Preschool years.

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