aessler AG sponsors award-winning TNMOC Relaxed Opening Sessions  for people with autism Image: TNMOC

Relaxed Opening sessions are less busy and are staffed by trained volunteers

The National Museum of Computing‘s (TNMOC) Relaxed Opening sessions give youngsters with autism special quiet-time access to explore the museum.

Sponsored in 2018 and 2019 by Paessler AG, the global network management specialist, the award-wining Relaxed Opening sessions provide a calm environment for families who often find the crowds and noise of public attractions too stressful for some family members.

Anne-Marie Sandos, head of learning at TNMOC, said:

“We look forward to our relaxed opening sessions and are very grateful for the support of Paessler AG which has enabled us to train our staff and volunteers for the sessions which are free to visitors.

“Word of these sessions is very quickly getting around and our first two sessions of the eight sessions of the year were booked up well in advance. That tells us how successful they are and that they are meeting a very real need.”

The Relaxed Opening sessions are free, thanks to the sponsorship from Paessler AG

Relaxed Opening sessions usually run on specific Monday mornings during school holidays. Pre-registration, which is free, is essential so that numbers of numbers can be kept to a comfortable level for all visitors. Visitors are advised to register promptly for the increasingly popular sessions.

To help visitors, sensory maps and a visual story are available on the TNMOC website so that they can know exactly what unusual sounds and sights to expect in particular parts of the Museum.

For full details and booking, see www.tnmoc.org/relaxed-opening

Natalie Pratt, marketing manager at Paessler AG, said:

“The National Museum of Computing is an important technological heritage site. Contributing to the Relaxed Openings ensures families of autistic children can explore the museum at their own pace, without distraction, thus minimising the stress of these families. We are pleased to hear they’re doing so well and are happy to have facilitated the events.”