The National Autistic Society Autism Centre Immersive Space
The NAS Autism Centre will be the first autism-specific adult day service in Northern Ireland. It will have specialist technology which creates interactive, engaging environments, including our exciting immersive space. This will help people with autism, who often experience profound sensory and communication issues, to relax and learn new skills.
- To improve wellbeing of autistic people in Belfast and wider Northern Ireland by providing a safe, specially designed environment that helps with sensory sensitivities and enables learning, play, stimulation, social interaction and relaxation.
- To provide an inclusive and calming environment for people with autism and their families, which caters for those with complex and wide-ranging needs. Both children and adults with autism can play and interact without judgement or worry.
- To improve learning and development of people with autism in a flexible and exciting space. From exploring social stories and games through to immersive relaxation, the space helps to improve social engagement, communication, and coping with change.
How we will achieve our goals
An award would enable us to provide a high-tech, participatory immersive space for both adults and children at our Autism Centre. Such technology is hugely beneficial to people with autism, as it allows them to interact, learn, and communicate in a safe and engaging environment. We require funding to purchase equipment and its installation.
Where the money will go
Northern Ireland has major gaps in service provision for autistic people and their families. The NAS Autism Centre will change this, providing an accessible, modern, welcoming space for people with autism to learn new skills and for families to receive the support they desperately need. This will benefit the autism community for years to come.