Sir, – I have just been to an autism friendly screening at the Bo’ness Hippodrome and I have to say, it was an amazing experience.
As a mum of two boys, one of whom has a diagnosis of autism, I had resigned myself to the fact that I would never be able to take my boys to the pictures but with the changes made to the screening and there being more freedom for the children to move about, this has made the world of difference to my child’s enjoyment of the cinema.
Not only did my wee boy love the experience, he is keen to go back.
Well done to the Hippodrome for introducing this. We will certainly be back. – Yours etc.,
Not so good
Sir, – It is disappointing to see that the upgraded play area behind the doctors surgery does not take into account children who have disabilities.
Yes there are many new items added but how many would be considered ‘safe’ if a child has brittle bones.
The only one I would say would be the swings.
On looking around when I was considering letting my grand-daughter play, all I could see was high one bar steps up to the top of a chute.
Tunnels through to another smaller chute, a long narrow balancing piece of wood to walk along, ropes to climb up and swing from and many more playthings not suited to children with brittle bones.
So as it stood, swings were the only reasonably safe alternative, albeitwith an adult nearby.
It is a shame that there was no consultation that I was aware of, to take in the views of townsfolk and what would have been suited not only to able bodied but disabled children as well, who have a hard time not feeling different and left out of activities in social areas such as this.
I hope that local councillors and whoever else was responsible for this will give some thought to redress the balance in favour and maybe somehow add a section on or add suitable play stuff for children who are less able to swing about or climb high, thus putting themselves at risk.
Especially when all children should have the chance to enjoy their formative years and integrate into the commnity and make friends.
Everybody wants their children to take plenty of exercise but there is a thin fine line between going over the top and finding the right balance for children where even a fall or slip ends in agony.
Mrs Lorna Johnston
63 Preston Road