Last week The Lowry worked with 22 children and young people, from Springwood Primary School and New Park High School, on an Autism focused project on World Autism Awareness Week.
Pushing the young people’s creative boundaries, the project allowed them to enjoy choreographing dance routines, creating their own orchestra and building recycled robots.
Visiting new spaces, like The Lowry, can be a sensory overload for someone with autism. Learning to cope with loud music or touching new materials, like clay, has been a valuable challenge that has enabled the children to develop new coping strategies. After their visit last week the young people will choose what they’d like to do for their final celebration event in July.
World Autism Awareness Week which aims to spread the word about autism and to support over 700,000 people with autism in the UK.
“Autism affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.” (The National Autistic Society)
Beyond the focused project, The Lowry hope to welcome more people with autism and their families to the venue. As part of this aim, staff and volunteers have been undertaking Autism Awareness Sessions to help make the whole building more accessible. To find out more about relaxed performances check the website http://www.thelowry.com/events/theatre-shows/relaxed-performances