The National Autistic Society has awarded The Jorvik Group the Autism Friendly Award, acknowledging the amount of work they’ve put in to improve the experiences of visitors with autism.
As well as staff training, the Group’s attractions have introduced a traffic light approach system, and pre-visit resources in the form of visual stories. The Jorvik Group, owned by York Archeological Trust, will also be taking part in the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour.
Natalie Turner, Senior Visitor Operations Manager at The Jorvik Group, says: “I’m really proud of the award we’ve received and the improvements we’ve made. In addition this year, we’ve trained our staff on invisible disabilities and have gained some great feedback for this, as well as for our visual stories and the ‘traffic light’ approach system. It’s been really rewarding to see the positive results.
“Changes like these make a massive difference to autistic people and their families, making it easier to plan days out with confidence that their chosen venue has made great efforts to understand,” Natalie continued. “It’s vitally important that autistic people and their families have access to the same attractions and heritage sites that other people take for granted.”
The Group’s Autism Hour will take place at each of their attractions from 4pm on Friday 12th October. Pre-booking is recommended, but not essential. Click here for more information, or call 01904 615505.