For the 2018 Fringe, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society introduced sensory backpacks for autistic children and adults to help make the Fringe experience as enjoyable as possible. Backpacks came in two sizes – one for children and one for adults – and each contained a fidget spinner, earplugs, water bottle, stress reliever, ear defenders and a social story. These items were designed to help users relax and overcome stressful or intense situations.

The Fringe Society is committed to making the Fringe as inclusive and accessible as possible. As part of this commitment, we are conducting two surveys to find out from autistic people, their families and those working with autism about their experiences in using these sensory backpacks at the Fringe. Your feedback will be hugely valuable and will help us to improve the sensory backpacks and further support autistic people.

The first survey is for autistic people who used the sensory backpacks at Fringe 2018.

The second survey is for parents, guardians and professionals working with people with autism who used the sensory backpacks at Fringe 2018.

We would love to hear about your experiences.

We are grateful for the support of the Edinburgh Festivals 70th Anniversary Legacy Tourism Innovation Fund, Trespass, Lothian Trams and Chewigem in providing sensory backpacks.

Find out more about accessibility at the Fringe