We held an autism-friendly music festival for some of the people we support in Scotland on Thursday, August 24. Music in the Meadow took place at our Catrine Bank site, which supports more than 50 autistic people at supported living and day opportunities services, and includes Daldorch House School.

Eilidh, a pupil from Daldorch school who sang at the festival​Eilidh, a Daldorch House School pupil, who sang at the festival

Eilidh, a pupil from Daldorch House School, opened the festival with some classic Disney songs. Local bands and musicians volunteered to play at the inaugural event, which closed with a group sing-a-long to The Proclaimers’ '500 Miles'. Family members were invited to attend and there was also a BBQ, face painting and games – including 'Throw the sponge at the Chief Executive'!

Mark Lever and Carol PoveyMark Lever, Chief Executive of The National Autistic Society, and Carol Povey, Director of The National Autistic Society's Centre for Autism, taking part in 'throw the sponge'!

Kevin Fullerton, manager at The National Autistic Society Scotland, said,

We want to give autistic people the opportunity to have new and exciting experiences.

"Attending a music festival is a summer tradition, so we decided to hold one in our own back yard! That’s one of the benefits of being surrounded by nearly five hectares of beautiful countryside."

Kevin, Murray and Mark LeverKevin, registered manager at our Catrine Bank supported living service, Murray, who stays at Catrine Bank, and Mark Lever

To make sure the people we support were able to enjoy the festival, we provided a quiet area and helped them prepare in advance using Social Stories™️ – pictorial descriptions of what to expect, the benefits of attending, and things that could be challenging. A great day was had by all, and we're pleased to say the sun even came out!

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