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Making an impact across Mid Ulster

Mid Ulster District Council has been working to create a more autism friendly environment for their customers. As a result, The Bridewell, Magherafelt; OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory, just outside Cookstown; and the Corporate Events service have all now joined the Burnavon in Cookstown in attaining the Autism NI Autism Impact Award. 

This award is designed to equip businesses to better understand any staff and customers who may have autism, and also how they can adapt their organisation’s environment to support this. 

The service and facility teams who took part in the initiative were provided with the relevant training to best support customers who have Autism. The training also includes the appointment of an Autism Champion for each venue and service.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Córa Corry welcomed the awards, saying

“Council staff are now better equipped to understand any visitors to the centres or who are attending an event, and who have sensory or other requirements that need to be considered. The training has also helped to inform staff in the design of Council services and events in order to ensure they are as safe, welcoming, and inclusive as possible.”

Adaptions to the sites and services aim to make the services and environments more accessible and inclusive for individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

For more information on the Autism NI Impact Award, go to

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