The provisions by the Scottish museum industry in support of children on the autistic spectrum
(2017) The provisions by the Scottish museum industry in support of children on the autistic spectrum, no. 118.
The main purpose for this study was to investigate and research a perspective of four different views regarding the provisions which are in place within the Scottish Museum Industry for children between the ages of 4 to 8 on the autistic spectrum. Qualitative method was used for this study as it was a study based on the experiences and knowledges of experts and people involved in the theme relating to both accessible tourism specifically 'Autism' and the museum industry. The study involved three interviews all directly related to the subject, and a group of six participants who took place in the focus group. The study revealed that the museum industry provided provisions for children on the autistic spectrum, but there was a gap in provisions, which could be improved upon. It was found that there was difference of opinion between respondents with regards to the influence of modernisation of technology within museums as well as agreeance on what museums provide and what they need to improve upon. The research also revealed the staff working within the museum industry has insufficient experience and knowledge of autism which was a recommendation. The research found many limitations, but did not affect the studies reliability. The study was considered valid as all participants whom took part in the study, all worked with autism or in the museum industry or had first hand experiences of autism. Recommendations have been issued by the researcher which indicate that there are several provisions which still need to be put in place to improve the visitor experience of families, educational establishments and children living with ASD. Ithas been recommended that quiet rooms need to be supplied which provide the right balance of support, as well as taking into consideration families access and parking facilities into museums, specifically in Scotland such as: Blue badge parking. To finish, the introduction of staff training, which will help staff learn the awareness of autism.