Published on 12 March 2020
Visitor attractions can be loud, exciting and bright places but, as plans for a £2.1M revamp gather speed, Dundee Science Centre is trialing sensory-friendly sessions this Sunday.
From 3-5pm on Sunday 15 March, staff will dim the lights and turn down the volume throughout most areas of the centre, allowing all visitors including those with autism and other sensor processing differences to enjoy their visit. (Maps will also be handed out highlighting any areas where this is not possible). Sensory packs including ear defenders and fidget toys will also be available to borrow.
The PAMIS Pamiloo Changing Places toilet will also be parked in the car park at the front of the building, providing an additional bathroom and changing facilities for people with complex needs who require specialist equipment and additional space.
Standard admission applies, with discounts for assisted needs visitors – please see Dundee Science Centre website for more information.
The CONNECT project will see the ground floor developed into a custom-built hub with improved scope for events, talks and workshops celebrating community work, as well as a new welcome area, under 7’s exhibition area, sensory zone and new exhibition space. On completion of CONNECT, it is hoped that sensory friendly sessions will be held regularly throughout the year.
Works are due to commence in May 2020, with the refurb due to be unveiled in Spring 2021.
Oriel Marshall, Programme Coordinator (Widening Access) said, “We have been working closely with a panel of charities on the design of the redevelopment, ensuring that we can become an even more accessible community hub regardless of our visitors’ needs and the challenges they face. We don’t want anyone to feel excluded from what we can offer so we are very much looking forward to welcoming our visitors this weekend, and hearing families’ views on how we can best cater for their requirements as we approach the start of the refurb.”
CONNECT is supported by the Inspiring Science Fund, a collaborative initiative between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, UK Research and Innovation and Wellcome. For more information, telephone (01382) 228800 or visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.