- AA = Autism Access
- AD = Audio Description
- BSL = British Sign Language interpreted or BSL Event
- CAP = Captions and subtitles
- GT = Guided Tour
Autism Access (AA)
Is particular access for people on the Autistic spectrum. Many people on the Autistic spectrum are sensitive to sound and light. So, for example, Autism Friendly film Screenings usually have low lights left on in the auditorium and the volume of the soundtrack is reduced. It is acceptable for the audience to move around, make noise or take a break during the film. Autism access can vary widely, please contact the event organiser to ensure your needs will be met. More information on Autism from the National Autistic Society
Audio description (AD)
Is mostly for visually impaired people who will use headphones during a film or theatre performance. The visual aspects of the film or play will be described to them. Some people on the autistic spectrum also benefit from audio description.
British Sign Language (BSL)
Is an event which is interpreted into British Sign Language. It is mostly for Deaf people fluent in British Sign Language. Spoken English and sounds are translated into British Sign Language by an interpreter.
A BSL Event is where the event takes place using British Sign Language. Often other access such as ‘voice over English’ translation is offered for those who are not fluent in BSL.
Captions and subtitles (CAP)
Is mostly for Deaf and hard of hearing people. The sound aspects of a film or performance will be translated into written text shown below the film or performance. People on the autistic spectrum and those whose first language is not English may also benefit from captions.
Subtitled events are events – such as a film in a different language – where English language subtitles are displayed but the subtitles usually do not explain sound items such as gunshots or parts that are spoken English
Guided Tour (GT)
Is usually a guided tour for visually impaired people of the Theatre, Gallery or Museum.