Thursday 22 March 2018

Tayto Park to become autism-friendly for one day later this month

Tayto park.
Tayto park.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Irish theme park Tayto Park will hold an autism-friendly day later this month.

Small changes will be made at the park as part of the event, where no music will be played on the loud speakers, and queues for the attractions will be kept to a minimum.

A visual guide will also be given to parents which will help them to prepare for the trip. The guide will outline the situations, behaviours and skills that the children with autism may encounter on the day.

The autism awareness day will take place on Saturday 18th November, when €2 from each entry will be donated to Autism Ireland.

Brian Murnane, CEO of Irish Autism Action said, "[Tayto Park] have gone to great lengths to create an inclusive and fun day out for families living with autism. It is a shining example for others to follow."

Tayto Park staff have been taking part in annual Autism Awareness training with Autism Ireland to prepare for the event.

They will be dressed in Autism Ireland branded t-shirts and collections throughout the day to raise much needed funds for the charity.

Entry on the day will be €14 per person and includes access to Attractions in Eagle's Nest, the Zoo & the Tayto Factory Tour.

Attractions open in Eagle's Nest include: Steam Train Express, Honey Pot Bears, The Grand Carousel, Rocking Tug, Shot Tower, Super Hero Training Wall, The Leap Frog & Ferris Wheel.

No other attractions will be open on the day.

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