Birmingham City Council has partnered with Autism West Midlands, the leading charity in the region for people with autism, and Google Trusted photographers Tony & Nic Jauncey to provide Street View type Virtual Tours to support the 60,000 people with autism, living in the West Midlands.
Catherine Klein, Senior Manager at Autism West Midlands, explains “Accessing new places can make people with autism feel anxious. By viewing Virtual Tours online they can prepare their journey and familiarise themselves with the new location.”
These Virtual Tours are being released on 8th March and will be available on the charity’s website: www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/helpadvice
Virtual Tours in Birmingham include the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Symphony Hall, New Street Station, the Museum and Art Gallery and many others.
Raj Jhamat, a Learning Disabilities Nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “This project is going to be invaluable to the hundreds of children we see and treat from across the UK every year, who have autism. Familiarising themselves with the hospital before they come for a visit is really crucial to those children to make them feel more relaxed which in turn will be a great help for parents. We’re delighted to be supporting what we feel is a very beneficial project”.
Google Trusted Photographer, Tony Jauncey, explains this Street View Trusted Programme: “Google released this aimed at enhancing your Google presence and to encourage people to visit locations by having a look before they go. It is really great to see it applied to help autistic people, and many others too.”
This has also been done with support from Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall Council and there are more locations on the way.
For further information or to see if your location qualifies, contact:
Autism West Midlands: Catherine Klein 0121 450 7582 / 07881 109506
Google See Inside mapping: Tony Jauncey 0800 1777 360 / 07887 537211