A Salford autism charity has criticised the National Football Museum in Manchester’s decision to host an autism-friendly early opening this Sunday (18th March).
The museum will be opening an hour earlier, at 9am, to allow young people with autism and their families to experience the museum in a quiet, friendly environment.
Kay George from Salford Autism, who provide support for those affected by people on the autistic spectrum, said she was ‘sceptical about early openings.’
She also said: “It is good that they are making some effort but getting out early on a Sunday isn’t helpful for many people.”
When contacted, the National Football Museum were not available to provide a response.
AUTISM-FRIENDLY EARLY OPENING: On Sunday 18th March from 9:00am-10:30am The National Football Museum will be opening its doors early for children and young people with autism, their families, friends and carers.
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In a press release for the event, they did set out the parameters of how it would be run.
They said: “Families can explore the galleries in a calm and relaxed environment before the general public access.
“Gallery sound levels will be minimal with a quiet room available.”
The museum also suggested that this would be the first of many such special openings.
They said: “The museum will be looking to establish regular monthly openings of this nature; please check our What’s On page for the latest dates.”
The National Football Museum was established in 2001, and moved from its original site in Preston to the Urbis building in Manchester City Centre in 2012.