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Autism Screenings at Odeon Cinemas(16 Posts)
I have just found out so thought I would share there are Autism friendly screenings at Odeon cinemas across the country on 11 August.
They are showing Mr Poppers Penguins - if they get enough interest they will do shows on a regular basis.
I know they are showing in basingstoke and with the flyer info for a CEA card where carers go free.
*CEA card where carers go free.
Just for the record a CEA card is not imperative to ensure free entry for carers. It is only one way to demonstrate a need for extra support (Phil Clapp, Chief executive, CEA) I have it in writing and take this letter with me instead of 2 cards for my 2.
I also rang their head office the other day as the guy at my local cinema argued with my daughter that it was vital to have one and this letter meant nothing and HO confirmed that indeed you do not need a card to gain free entry for a carer, it is only one way to show a need.
Therefore I do not get a CEA card which costs £5.50 per child plus photo booth photo (about £5) per year, just show them the letter and it does the job.
But you don't even need this letter. You can if you wish take a photo copy of their DLA entitlement or something else if their disability is not obvious, but I was told by HO that this is personal choice.
Our local odeon does these screenings too, we haven't ben to one yet as they always seem to fall on a day we have something else on but I think they're a great idea.
DS manages ok at the cinema (apart from a bit of bouncing around now and then) but I would still attend these to support them. A lot of families from our local NAS support group go to these.
Unpa1dcar3r But you don't even need this letter. You can if you wish take a photo copy of their DLA entitlement or something else if their disability is not obvious, but I was told by HO that this is personal choice.
I did not know this. My DS's card ran out in June and I have only just re-applied (last week). I wish I had known this last week when he was taken to the flicks to see Cars2 - I paid full price for both him and carer !!!!
Thanks for the tip though ! x
Welcome Running. If you want to clarify this ring CEA cinemas and ask to speak to a team leader. I spoke to a girl called Tamlin. She was lovely. Sorry I didn't keep the 'phone number but I googled it.
I also asked her to give this info out to put behind all tills as the staff don't seem to understand often that you don't need this card, they are very inconsistent with their approach; sometimes no problem, straight in, other times jumped up little jobs worths who think they know better and will argue (they never win though, not with me)
Tamlin said she would be addressing this as it was unfair on the kids to witness confrontation and indecision from staff members!
Next time you go, go a bit earlier in case of problems, take something if you wish like the copy of the DLA award and if they argue tell them to ring their head office and clarify with them as this comes from Phil Clapp, the Chief Executive!
Phil Clapp | Chief Executive, Cinema Exhibitors' Association
22 Golden Square | London | W1F 9JW
T +44 (0)20 7734 9551 | M +44(0) 7917806887 | F +44 (0)20 7734 6147
As Chief Executive of the Cinema Exhibitors Association (CEA), I am replying to you following your recent email exchanges with the Card Network regarding the renewal conditions under which the CEA Card is now issued. Initially it might be helpful if I restate the role of the CEA Card. It is a non-mandatory scheme which was introduced in response to requests from CEA members and a number of disability organisations to find an alternative and voluntary way of demonstrating the need for a reasonable adjustment when visiting the cinema. It is in no way intended or designed to be the sole way of cinemas meeting their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 when individuals may require the assistance of another to visit a cinema. These obligations stand irrespective of whether a disabled person who requires such assistance is a card holder or not. Where a disabled person requires this level of assistance and is not a Card holder, the CEA policy is that the escort should be allowed free admittance. The Card is designed to help simplify some of the issues that arise when disabled cinema goers might need a reasonable adjustment as specified under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. To this end it has been successful. During the course of last year it was decided that the terms and conditions under which the Card was issued needed to be reviewed and updated. This was done under the auspices of the CEAs Disability Working Group which consists of representatives from the major circuits, several national disability specific charities, e.g., RNID and RNIB and our specialist disability advisers, Freeney Williams Ltd. As a result of these discussions the terms and conditions to which you refer were launched. I note your views regarding these terms and conditions. However, the CEA have the right to determine the terms and conditions of such a Card as it is not an obligation for a disabled person to hold one to seek the provision of a free seat for a escort when attending the cinema. The Card is simply one way of demonstrating such a need for a reasonable adjustment By holding a Card the cardholder is demonstrating to the cinema staff that they have a need for a reasonable adjustment and that their preferred adjustment is a personal assistant. The cinema accepts this (in participating cinemas) and, in effect, short circuits the discussions which might necessarily have to take place with a member of staff about the effect of someone's disability on their ability to attend the cinema and the need for and nature of a reasonable adjustment.
Where a disabled person does not hold a Card, the cinema still has the legal obligation to make a reasonable adjustment to facilitate a disabled person attending the cinema. However, they may be asked by cinema staff about the effect of their disability on their ability to access that cinema and discuss the adjustments required, how they should be met and so on.
very i cant book tickets online as they dont have carer option
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