Mullan welcomes autism friendly ‘Silent Santa’ event

Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has welcomed the ‘Silent Santa’ initiative at Foyleside Shopping Centre in Derry, which will provide a quiet and relaxed environment for children with autism to visit Santa.
Karen Mullan said:
“I welcome the news that Foyleside Shopping Centre will provide an autism friendly service for children with autism to visit Santa in a quiet and relaxed environment.
“Many children with autism are extremely sensitive to loud noises, particularly from queuing and large crowds of people, which could overwhelm or distract them.
“I am delighted and encouraged that organisations are making an effort to promote inclusivity when organising events during the festive period.
“Silent Santa will launch on Sunday 19th November and run every Sunday from 10.30am to 12pm, finishing on Sunday 10th December.”