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Glossary

Visitors with an Autism Spectrum Condition 
 

We are committed to promoting equality and improving accessibility to everybody, across each of the protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010. Our vision is to be a leading organisation in our commitment to promoting equality and improving accessibility to everybody.

Part of this commitment is ensuring that our buildings are accessible to visitors with autism and that our staff have been trained to welcome them.

This section has been developed to provide information to visitors with autism. We will continue to review, update and improve services to enhance the visitor experience to our estate. We welcome feedback on improvements that can be made. Any feedback can be made by clicking here: Feedback form.

Our estate includes the Senedd, Tŷ Hywel and the Pierhead in Cardiff Bay. Information for visitors with autism is available below on each of these buildings.

Information on how to get to the Assembly is available here: How to get to us.

Information on opening times and when Assembly business is happening is available here: Opening Hours.

 

Sensory issues across our estate.


There are sensory issues that some visitors with  autism  should be aware of before visiting the Assembly. Some visitors may be hypersensitive to lighting, sounds, smells and touch.

Information on the sensory issues that visitors may encounter:  

 Sensory.pdf (137 KB)                   Word.docx (29.1 KB)                                         EasyRead.pdf (3.99 MB)

 

Senedd

  

The Senedd is the main public building of the National Assembly for Wales. It is the main centre for democracy and devolution in Wales. It is a public building and free visitor attraction.

Visitors can see what events are on in the Senedd by clicking here: Assembly Calendar.

A virtual tour of the Senedd is available by clicking here: Senedd Virtual Tour.

More information about the Assembly café and shop is available here: Assembly shop.

Further information on attending a committee can be viewed by clicking here: Attending a committee.

If one of our Committees has invited you to speak to them, you can contact our information line on 0300 200 6565 and ask to speak to an Autism Champion in our Committee service.

Information relevant to visitors with autism:

Senedd_Full.pdf  (4.27 MB)                                                      Senedd_Word.docx  (5.13 MB) 

Summary Version of Information relevant to visitors with autism:

Senedd.pdf  (131 KB)                                            Senedd_Summary.docx (26.7 KB)

Fire Alarm - The fire alarm is tested on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at around 8.45. If you hear the fire alarm at any other time, a member of staff will tell you what to do and where to go. Click the play button below to listen to the sound of the fire alarm.

 

 

Plenary Bell - When Plenary takes place on a Tuesday and Wednesday you can expect to hear the noise of the Call to Plenary bell at 13.20 and 13.25 to call Members to the Siambr to vote. If you are hyper sensitive to sound you may wish to plan your visit to avoid the Call to Plenary bell. Click the play button below to listen to the sound of the Call to Plenary bell.

 

 

 

 

 

Pierhead

 

The Pierhead is a unique visitor, events and conference venue.  With exhibitions, interactive displays and special events highlighting issues that matter in Wales, there's always something to inform, involve and inspire at the Pierhead.

 

 

 

To find out more information about events that are been held in the Pierhead click here: Pierhead events calendar

Information relevant to visitors with autism:      

Pierhead_Full.pdf    (944 KB)                                       Pierhead_Word.docx (1.81 MB)  

Summary Version of Information relevant to visitors with auism:

Pierhead.pdf (115 KB)                                                 Pierhead_Summary.docx  (24.1 KB)

 

 

Fire Alarm - The fire alarm is tested every Monday morning at 9.30, before visitors are allowed into the building. If the fire alarm sounds at any other time a member of staff will instruct you what to do. Click the play button below to listen to the sound of the fire alarm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tŷ Hywel  

Tŷ Hywel is the office building behind the Senedd where Assembly Members and staff of the National Assembly for Wales are based. Although this is not a visitor attraction, people may enter the building to visit an Assembly Member or a member of staff, to attend an event or to attend one of the learning opportunities in our dedicated debating chamber for children and young people. 

To arrange a curriculum linked education visit and for all pre- and post-visit information, including what to expect when you arrive click here: Education visit.

Information relevant to visitors with autism:

Ty_Hywel_Full.pdf (2.20 MB)                                   Ty_Hywel_Word.docx (1.15 MB)    

Summary version of Information relevant to visitors with autism:

Ty_Hywel.pdf  (112 KB)                                              Ty_Hywel_Summary.docx (25.9 KB)

Fire Alarm - The fire alarm is tested every Monday morning at 9.00. If the fire alarm sounds at any other time a member of staff will instruct you what to do. I you are hyper sensitive to sound you may wish to plan your visit to avoid the fire alarm test. Click the play button below to listen to the sound of the Fire Alarm.

 

 

Plenary Bell - When Plenary takes place on a Tuesday and Wednesday you can expect to hear the noise of the Call to Plenary bell at 13.20 and 13.25 to call Members to the Siambr to vote. If you are hyper sensitive to sound you may may wish to plan your visit to avoid the Call to Plenary bell. Click the play button below to listen to the sound of the Call to Plenary bell.

 

 

 To request hard copies or other formats such as large print and Braille, please call the booking line on 0300 200 6565 or email contact@assembly.wales.

See also: Security and Access

 

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