The following questions cover a number of key areas for consideration when programing and hosting an autism friendly screening at your cinema.
All of the answers to these questions can be found within the training video you just watched. More information can also be found in the AFS written guide (PDF, 2MB).
1. Which of the following statements are true of people with autism? A. Social interactions can be challengingB. All people with autism lack emotion and empathyC. People with autism may require more time to think when communicatingD. Some people with autism might talk a lot, some people might not talk at all and some might only talk about subjects they’re interested inE. All people with autism have the same character traits so you can treat everyone the same
1. What changes do you need to make to the lighting in the auditorium? A. Turn the lights upB. Turn the lights downC. Adjust the lights regularly throughout the performanceD. No changes
2. What changes do you need to make to the sound levels in the auditorium? A. Turn the sound upB. Turn the sound downC. Adjust the sound levels throughout the performanceD. No changes
3. What could you do in advance to make the autism-friendly screening less stressful for your audience members? A. Programme and advertise films at least one week in advance of the screeningB. Programme and advertise films at least four weeks in advance of the screeningC. Change the choice of the film two days before the screening is set to take placeD. Make the venue’s food and drink menus available in advanceE. Put clear signage up around the cinema/screenF. Include a social story on the cinema website/social media pages
4. When hosting an autism-friendly screening when should the film ideally start? A. When it is scheduledB. After the adverts and trailersC. Ten minutes before it is scheduledD. Ten minutes after its scheduled
5. What items can guests take into the screening? A. Their own food and drinkB. The cinemas food and drinkC. Electronic devices (Ipads, Iphones etc)D. ToysE. Personal aids
6. What can staff do to communicate with your autism-friendly audience more effectively? A. Speak clearly and use uncomplicated languageB. Talk fasterC. Use visual aids or objects for referenceD. Ask lots of questionsE. Talk slower
7. What is the best times to consider when programming an autism-friendly screening? A. When the lobby/foyer is quiet before the film startsB. When the lobby/foyer is quiet after the film finishesC. During a really busy time of the day/eveningD. When another event is happening at the cinema
8. What should be considered when someone is booking a seat for an autism-friendly screening? A. Ensure they’re allocated a specific seatB. Allow them to choose their own seatC. Allow them to move around in the auditoriumD. Tell them they can only sit in a certain area
9. What should you consider when adapting the toilet facilities for autism-friendly screenings customers? A. Turn off any hand dryersB. Put up clear signageC. Make sure the hairdryers are onD. Use a screen close to the accessible/disabled toilets
10. How can you ensure your customers are supported during the film? A. Once the film has started, leave them to itB. Allocate a member of staff to welcome audience membersC. Regularly check on the guests throughout the performanceD. Only come back once the film has finished
11. What could you do to help promote your autism-friendly screenings to the right audience? A. Talk to local autism organisations and groupsB. Talk to local schools and collegesC. Use social media and tag relevant organisations, such as the UKCA, Dimensions, BFI Fan etcD. Advertise the screenings in the local press
1. What can you do with your cinema/space/community to ensure your AF screenings are a success?