Autism Friendly Award, Aberdeen, snowsports
(Left to Right) Emma McCombie from Aberdeen Snowsports being presented with the Award by Gail McKeitch from The National Autistic Society Scotland, watched by Beth Woodall and Jane Hall from Aberdeen Snowsports 

Aberdeen Snowsports has become Scotland’s very first autism-friendly skiing, snowboarding and tubing facility.

Staff learned about autism and made adjustments to the way they work to ensure autistic visitors can access and enjoy the popular snowsports venue in Bridge of Dee. This included identifying designated quiet areas throughout the building and launching regular quiet sessions.

The Autism Friendly Award, administered by The National Autistic Society Scotland, recognises organisations that ensure autistic visitors can access and enjoy venues. Aberdeen Snowsports is the fourth organisation in the north east to achieve the award, which is also held by Aberdeen Football Club, Garioch Leisure Centre and Sport Aberdeen’s Beach Leisure Centre and Ice Arena. 

Aberdeen Snowsports has also created a section on their website to help autistic customers prepare for their visit.

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Jenny Paterson, Director of The National Autistic Society Scotland, said: “I’m so pleased that Aberdeen Snowsports have achieved the Autism Friendly Award."

“We know that 27% of autistic people in Scotland have been asked to leave a public space because of behaviour associated with their autism. We also know that small adjustments can make a big difference, meaning that autistic people can access and enjoy the places that many of us take for granted. The Autism Friendly Award encourages organisations to learn about autism and make these adjustments.”

Beth Woodall, Snowsports Operations Manager at Aberdeen Snowsports, said: “We are delighted to have been presented with the Autism Friendly Award, and more importantly love being a location that makes autistic visitors and their families feel welcome."

“We have been able to adapt our snowsports programme to allow participation at all levels of snowsports, and of course the much loved tubing. We are also proud of all of the staff who have got behind our aim to be a location for everyone to enjoy”.  

The National Autistic Society Scotland is keen to support more organisations to become autism-friendly. Find out more about the Autism Friendly Award.

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