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29th Mar 2017

Europe’s FIRST sensory room for passengers with autism has been opened at Shannon Airport

Niamh Maher

They’re leading the way.

Shannon Airport has officially launched Europe’s very first airport sensory room catered specifically for passengers with autism.

The room, which is located just next to the departure lounge, aims to create a relaxing environment for those who suffer from neurodevelopmental challenges, including autism.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, airport operations director, Niall Maloney, urged other airports to follow Shannon’s lead.

“I’m both delighted and proud that an Irish airport, Shannon Airport, is the first to introduce a sensory room in Europe, It’s in keeping with Shannon’s special reputation for looking after its passengers.

“The introduction last year of its hats and wristbands programme and the addition this year of the sensory room is our way of showing our support for our customers with autism and special needs. I would dearly love it if other airports around Ireland and the world participated in this”.

The facilities on offer include an aquatic bubble tube, colour-changing LEDs, and an undulated wavy wall.

The announcement comes just days ahead of World Autism Awareness Day, which takes place on April 2.

Now in its ninth year, the drive urges people to come together and show their support for the autistic community.

You can find out more about World Autism Day here.