Gros Morne autism-friendly cabin is first ever for Parks Canada

Sunday, July 30, 2017

As part of adapting one of its rustic cabins at the Berry Hill Campground to make it autism-friendly, Parks Canada worked with the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Autism Involves Me group in Port aux Basques to come up with kits of items that are suitable for people with sensory issues. Francois Duclos, acting visitor experience manager for Gros Morne, says the extra help for people with autism starts at the time of booking, when additional information will be provided to prepare them for their visit.

Duclos said changes include window coverings so the light isn't so harsh and stimulating to someone with autism, "using material, accessories, textures, colours, light, in order to create this environment that will soothe them, that will comfort them, and that will prevent any negative reaction," extra security features such as latches to safeguard against wandering.

Bernice Hillier, CBC News

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