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Autism Friendly Signage

Oasis Beach Pool has now got the most sophisticated autism-friendly signage placed around a swimming pool within the U.K. The signage was fitted in March and was specially designed with advice from local charity Autism Bedfordshire.

 

Autism can mean that individuals have difficulty in understanding the world around them, and can find new experiences or environments stressful. The unique fittings guide individuals around the centre helping to reduce anxiety, and have been provided as part of Bedford Borough Council’s ‘Aiming High’ programme to get children with disabilities accessing the universal services available within the community.

 

Cllr Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Bedford Borough Council is extremely proud of a flagship service that is unique to the U.K. It means such individuals will be totally accepted within this fun and active environment. It’s important that our services are open to everybody and people with disabilities are not hampered from using our facilities. If our services need to be adapted in order to accommodate people with specific needs, then we will endeavour do so when and where possible.”

 

Lifeguards are also on-hand to provide supplementary support and assistance.

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