The Richmond Centre is delighted to announce the completion of a collaborative video project entitled ‘Understanding Autism – Life’s little Puzzle’ in conjunction with the Millennium Forum, Arts & Business and several Autism Charities/Organisations across the North West of Northern Ireland.

‘Understanding Autism – Life’s little Puzzle’ is directed by Ronan Carr and features the accurate account of Anthony - a young adult with Autism – about his sometimes-challenging visit to a Retail Environment. It’s a short, three-minute video showing how a ‘sensory meltdown’ can manifest in a customer with Autism, and how NOT to attempt to help the individual. With insight into the initiatives the Richmond Centre is enabling to make sure that the shopping experience is enjoyed by everyone.

Bobby Nicholson, Centre Manager of the Richmond Centre commented;
The Richmond Centre and shopping centers as a collective across the province and making large strives to ensure that shopping in our abundance of Malls is a relaxed and enjoyable experience for all. At the Richmond Centre we are proud to be working along side the Millennium Forum and Arts & Business to create a very educational and thought-provoking piece of digital film in the hopes of bringing better understanding and inclusion for every customer who comes through our centre.

Cara McCartney, Sponsorship and Development Officer at the Millennium Forum said: we are thrilled to partner with our pantomime sponsors The Richmond Centre and Arts and Business N.I. on this brilliant project. We have recently been awarded the Autism Impact Award, and are delighted to explore and share new ideas with our partners to help make business and the arts more accessible for all. ‘Life’s little puzzle is the continuation of the fantastic ‘Through our Eyes’ project and we would encourage everyone to view this educational film on the Richmond Centre’s website.

Kate Livingstone of Arts and Business said “Life's Little Puzzle is a perfect example of how an arts and business partnership can raise awareness and creatively tackle the everyday challenges faced by individuals with autism. By evolving their space for users with additional needs, the partners have helped ensure that shoppers with autism enjoy their visit to the Centre.”

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