Clifton Special School

Caring Brings Success

Items of interest to parents

Please read the following activities available for parents and children with Autism or learning difficulties over the Summer months.

***Places that offer a carer discount/card for children with ASD and their carer***

*Bangor Aurora - They offer a 'Buddycard' which entitles the carer to gain free entry and priority queuing eg. for swimming. You can obtain an application form from reception. Simply fill in and return in person or via post.


*Lisburn Leisureplex - They offer a 'Buddycard' which entitles the carer to gain free entry and priority queuing eg. for swimming. You can obtain an application form from reception. Simply fill in and return in person or via post. You will need to pay a £5.00 administration charge upon collection of the card.


*National Trust - They offer an 'Access For All Card' which entitles the carer to gain free entry at any National Trust site. The card is issued in the child's name and it doesn't have to be the same carer every time so grandparents etc. can use it. It is free of charge and valid for 1 year. Simply email enquiries@nationaltrust,
org.uk with Access For All Card in the subject field. Provide the child's name, condition, date of birth and address and they post out to you within a few weeks.

*W5 - They offer free of charge admission for carers and priority queuing for children with ASD. It is advisable to email before your visit
info@w5online.co.uk or present your DLA entitlement letter, carers allowance letter, letter from your doctor/therapist or Autism NI card. It is fully accessible for prams and wheelchairs. Children under 3 are free.

*Ulster Folk and Transport Museum - They offer free of charge admission for carers and the child and priority queuing for children with ASD. Just let the staff at the ticket desk know.It is advisable to email before your visit
info@nmni.com or present your DLA entitlement letter, carers allowance letter, letter from your doctor/therapist or Autism NI card. It is fully accessible for prams and wheelchairs. Children age 4 and under are free.

*Cinema - Children over 8 can apply for a CEA card which entitles the carer to gain free entry into the cinema. Simply apply online or via post at
ceacard.co.uk. (If you are renewing your card, the age limit does not apply)

*Castle Espie - They provide free entry for carers and children under 4 are free. Simply explain at reception that you are a carer or present your DLA entitlement letter, carers allowance letter, letter from your doctor/therapist or Autism NI card. It is fully accessible for prams and wheelchairs.


*Titanic Belfast - They provide free entry for carers. Simply make yourself known as a carer at the Visitors Service's Desk and they will print you out a free carers ticket. You can also receive priority queuing however it is advisable to email before your visit
reception2@titanicbelfast.com. Please not that certain parts of the centre are not accessible for prams and wheelchairs however they will do all they can to accommodate these.

*Zoo - They provide free entry for carers and priority queuing for children with ASD. It is advisable to email before your visit
info@belfastzoo.co.uk or present your DLA entitlement letter, carers allowance letter, letter from your doctor/therapist or Autism NI card. It is fully accessible for prams and wheelchairs. Children under 4 are free.

*Dublin Zoo - They provide free entry for carers and reduced entry for disabled children, €5.80. They also give priority queuing for children with ASD. It is advisable to email before your visit
info@dublinzoo.ie or present your DLA entitlement letter, carers allowance letter, letter from your doctor/therapist or Autism NI card. It is fully accessible for prams and wheelchairs. Children under 3 are free.

*Seaforde Butterfly House and Maze - They offer a free carers ticket. Simply present your DLA entitlement letter, carers allowance letter, letter from your doctor/therapist or Autism NI card.


*Streamvale - They provide free entry for carers. Children under 3 are free.


*The Ark Open Farm - I am still awaiting a response. Children under 3 are free.


Autism NI Card -
autismni.org
You can apply to become a member of Autism NI for £20 a year or £5 if you are in receipt of benefits. Simply fill in the application form by post, phone or online and return to Autism NI, Donard, Knockbracken, Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast, BT8 8BH. You will be provided with an Autism NI card which is valid for a year as well lots of information. The card can be used at various venues.


Grants Available:


Family Fund -
familyfund.org.uk

Cauldwell Fund -
cauldwellchildren.com