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World Autism Day 2017
Autism Friendly Service
Sunday 2 April 2017 10am

Union Street Methodist Church

This service will be no longer than 50 minutes.

We look forward to welcoming you to the autism friendly service on the 2nd April. Below is some further information that may help you prepare for the service.

Union Street Methodist Church is close to three car parks: Brewer Street East, Brewer Street West and Wheeler Street. You can approach the church from either Union Street or Brewer Street — you can see from the Union Street PowerPoint or Union Street PDF for what the church looks like from each street. Maidstone East Station is a 10 minute walk from the church.

Members of the 'Attentiveness to Autism' team and stewards will be wearing rainbow lanyards with a bright coloured tag denoting 'Autism friendly service'. If you need help, we will happily help in the way best for you. All of us with lanyards will also be wearing name badges. We will also have signs guiding you to the front entrance from both Brewer Street and Union Street.

A chill out zone will be provided in the back corner of the church and in the foyer. This will be clearly signposted. These will be safe spaces away from the main congregation. These can be used any time before, during and after the service. Another church uses the building at 11.00am so we will need to have left the main hall by then.

A plan of the service will be given on the day. We will be clear with our instructions: for example the minister will say when to stand and sit down, there will be a 5 minute countdown to the service starting, etc. You do not have to take part in any part you do not feel comfortable taking part in, that is up to you.

Seating will be arranged so there is wiggle room and easy access to escape routes. The leader of the project, who has a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, has worked with the organist to check the pitch and volume.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email us at: krysia.waldock@gmail.com.