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Assistance when out and about: sensory bags, visual aids etc

ASDA Shopping aids, Makaton shopping list
Happy Little Helpers shopping lists are now available in more than 300 of our larger stores to make trips to the supermarket less stressful for autistic children. They were created by our brilliant Middlesbrough colleague Jenny, whose five-year-old son Charlie has non-verbal autism, to keep children interested and engaged during their shopping trips." Find out more:

Bodmin Keep
Have you seen our IMMERSIVE 3-D TOUR of the museum? It’s great to use to navigate our site and plan your visit. For visitors who are on the Autistic Spectrum, we can offer special quiet times and spaces, and our annual pass means that you can have lots of short visits for the price of just one if that suits you better! For visitors with a visual impairment, with advance booking we are able to offer supported visits tailored to your needs including ’hands on’ sessions with museum objects. See more here.

Museum of Cornish Life
If you are finding your visit to our museum a little overwhelming then maybe our sensory backpack will help. The back packs are free and located in the entrance lobby – ask for one from any of our staff and they will sign one out for your use. Just hand the backpack back at the end of you visit. Read more here.

National Maritime Museum
There are regular relaxed sessions throughout the year. Explore our galleries in a calm and relaxed environment where we will ensure all our sound levels are reduced.  There will be a quiet space available away from our galleries and you are welcome to borrow our new sensory bags and ear-defenders. You can check out the museum through our Social Story and Sensory Map, available on our Accessibility Page on our website here.

Newquay Airports Assistance Lanyard
We want all customers to feel confident and reassured their needs will be met by our dedicated customer-focussed team here at Cornwall Airport Newquay. Newquay Airport also offers a wide range of services to support you other than the lanyard, If you would like any further information about the services we provide, please contact a member of our passenger services team on 01637 860600 or by email at You can also visit this link.

Royal Cornwall Museum
RCM is proud to have been awarded an Autism Friendly Award in 2018 by the National Autistic Society – please ask about our sensory backpacks, ASD-friendly trails & ear defenders which are free to borrow. You can also download Sensory Maps & Social Stories here.  We also run regular autism-friendly Relaxed Sessions throughout the year.

Sunflower Lanyard Scheme
The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower was first launched at Gatwick Airport in May 2016. It is starting to be recognised globally and has been adopted in the UK by all of the major airports, many supermarkets, railway stations, leisure facilities, in the NHS and an increasing number of small and large businesses and organisations. Basically, it is used anywhere where people meet. They are currently recognised in Asda, Tesco, M&S, Argos and Sainsburys. Read more

TESCO Shopping aids for people with autism
Take a look at our autism-friendly visual guide to shopping at Tesco and download our visual shopping list."

Wheal Martyn 
Explore the site with one of our sensory bags, specially designed for people with autism and learning difficulties. Wheal Martyn’s Visual Story provides a visual guide of what to expect at the museum through images and words. This allows visitors to familiarise themselves with Wheal Martyn before their visit. This guide is particularly useful for visitors with autism, anxiety and associated conditions. See our Easy Read Visual Story here.

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