Inclusive Festival raises autism awareness

August 1, 2018

Options Autism is proud to be hosting its annual Inclusive Festival in Scunthorpe on Sunday 12 August, welcoming both families affected by autism as well as the wider local community to enjoy festival fun at this relaxed and safe open-air event. Organised by professionals from Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group – the national provider of care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties – the festival aims to raise awareness of autism, to fundraise and help integrate members of the community.

Where?

Taking place within the grounds of Options Roxby House – a specialist residential service for people aged 16+ rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

What?

Inclusive Festival will be carefully laid out to avoid overwhelming those with sensory difficulties and include calm, relaxing areas which visitors can make use of if they need to take some time out. Games have been thoughtfully selected to reduce stress and anxiety and to promote a sense of achievement – such as tin can alley, where everyone is a winner.

The stall holders at Inclusive Festival have an understanding of how autism and learning difficulties affect individuals and their families and how to best accommodate their needs. This may mean allowing extra time to process information when speaking and listening, or being patient so that those with additional needs can count money at their own pace or make decisions and choices in their own time.

Expect to see the following at Inclusive Festival: Inclusive Festival organisers Anita Keech and Helen Walker

• live entertainment

• a barbeque (vegetarian and gluten-free options available)

• bar

• stalls including arts and craft activities, face painting and glitter tattoos

• bouncy castles

• crazy golf

• a photo booth

• a circus workshop

• a gymnastics show

• raffle prizes

• talk by Options Autism Ambassador, Anna Kennedy OBE, on her journey as a parent of children with autism

Commenting on the  Inclusive Festival, Anita Keech, House Manager at Options Roxby House said: “The Inclusive Festival is self-funded and is run voluntarily by staff. We aim to ensure everyone is included – families, staff, the people we support and the wider community. We aim to raise autism awareness and fundraise for future ‘Inclusive’ activities. Hopefully the sun will continue to shine for a fun afternoon for all involved!"

Venue: Options Roxby House, Winterton Road, Roxby, DN15 0BJ, Sunday 12 August 12pm - 4pm

To find out more about the Inclusive Festival, please contact Inclusive at inclusive@optionsautism.co.uk

Photo: Anita Keech and Helen Walker

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