by Yvonne Smith
Autism in Practice Training and Development Officer
On 31st October 2016, our trainers visited Tate Liverpool at the historic Albert Dock to deliver a half day session in developing Autism Awareness for the staff team and introducing what it means to be a Liverpool Autism Champion.
In what was an informative and engaging time the team at the Tate were informed about autism and strategies to support people on the autism spectrum when they visit the gallery of contemporary and modern art.
The session was attended by front of house and managerial staff, from a number of departments including reception area and gallery attendants.
Debbie Bray, Visitor Experience Manager, said “Hugely useful in terms of background to autism and practical steps to use in the workplace, thanks!” which echoed the rest of the staff’s comments.
Yvonne Smith, Autism in Practice, said “Raising Awareness of Autism in public spaces such as the Tate allows people to feel accepted and included and rightly able to access their community in a supportive environment. We were delighted that the team here were so interested in helping children and adults who are on the autistic spectrum who often find places like this intimidating and overwhelming.
“The Tate share our passion to such an extent that they offer a series of Autism Friendly Workshops and visitor days specifically geared toward making their spaces autism friendly. We are delighted that they are now one of the Liverpool Autism Champions – businesses and organisations who strive to make Liverpool and Autism Friendly City. “