Worcestershire libraries are pleased to announce that all libraries are now 'Autism Friendly'.
The County's Libraries and Learning Service has signed up to the Autism Friendly Library (AFL) standard and will launch the initiative in libraries across Worcestershire to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April.
Staff have attended autism awareness training, posters are being displayed to let people know the libraries are autism friendly, and managers have identified a quiet, safe place in each library which can be used when a customer has a 'meltdown' - a term commonly used to describe sensory overload.
There are also plans to build on the services that are currently offered – with options in discussion including film clubs, readers groups and adult and community learning courses.
Natalie McVey Service Lead for Young People, said: "We're delighted to be adopting the AFL Standard in time for World Autism Awareness Day. We're really excited about our plans to enable more people than ever to access and benefit from all the wonderful resources and facilities on offer, and staff are looking forward to helping customers on The Autistic Spectrum enjoy our Libraries."
For more information contact Natalie McVey on 01905 843 663 or by emailing NMcVey@worcestershire.gov.uk