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Claire Britten, 10, a pupil at Cliffe Hill Primary School, with member of staff Sarah Armstead at Eureka!
Claire Britten, 10, a pupil at Cliffe Hill Primary School, with member of staff Sarah Armstead at Eureka!

Eureka has launched the latest part of its award-winning initiative aimed at helping disabled children and their families enjoy the attraction.

The Eureka Story, a bespoke guide designed for, and with, children with communication or sensory difficulties, is part of its three year Helping Hands project, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Designed in close consultation with children, parents, and professionals from Cliffe Hill School, the visual, step-by-step guide to the museum familiarises children with everything that they will experience before they arrive.

Trizia Wells, Eureka’s Helping Hands Project Lead, said: “The Eureka Story is a simple but effective tool that visualises the whole experience, meaning that parents and teachers can prepare children with loads of visual prompts.

“For us the most exciting thing about this project is that it puts the child’s experience firmly at the centre and has been road tested by children who will be using it.”

Rachel Halford, mother of 12 year old Jack, who helped on the project said “It will have a positive impact because it is difficult to take autistic children anywhere. As a parent it’s absolutely invaluable.”