The Arkaba Hotel launches ‘Quiet Dinners’ to support Autism SA

The Arkaba Hotel launches ‘Quiet Dinners’ in partnership with Autism SA and the Australian Hotels Association SA.

The Arkaba Hotel has announced the launch of ‘Quiet Dinners,’ a groundbreaking initiative aimed at making dining out more inclusive and accessible for the autistic community.

This move, in partnership with Autism SA and the Australian Hotels Association SA, marks the first of its kind in South Australia and is set to provide a serene and welcoming dining experience for individuals on the autism spectrum.

“The Quiet Night dining experience being pioneered by the Arkaba is an opportunity to make the hotel experience more inclusive and accessible to as many in our community as possible,” Australian Hotels Association SA CEO Anna Moeller, said.

Autism SA reports that nearly 60% of autistic individuals and their families avoid going to pubs and bars due to sensory challenges arising from factors such as bright lights, loud noises, crowded environments, and overpowering scents.

To address these issues, ‘Quiet Dinners’ will take place on the first Monday of each month from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at The Arkaba Hotel.

“The Quiet Dinner at the Arkaba could make all the difference for someone who might otherwise choose to stay at home; it allows them to participate and be included,” Helen Graham, CEO of Autism SA, said.

During these dedicated evenings, a designated section of the venue will feature dimmed lighting, reduced music volume, a private bar for ordering, and easy access without having to navigate through crowded areas.

“Our goal at the Arkaba Hotel is to be a venue for all occasions, where everybody feels welcome and included. We hope that the Quiet Dinner is a good extension to that. We’re looking forward to welcoming people to our first Quiet Dinner and providing them with a calm and welcoming space to enjoy a classic pub meal with their friends and family,” Anna Anna Hurley, Publican of the Hurley Hotel Group, said.

Assistant Minister for Autism Emily Bourke commended initiatives like ‘Quiet Dinners’ for raising awareness and improving the experiences of those in the autism community.

“I am constantly hearing from families the difficulties they face in being able to attend a venue or event as a family unit and from autistic adults about having sensory inclusive environments to go out and celebrate a birthday or special event,” she said.

Arkaba Quiet Dinners
When: Start on Monday 5 February 2024
Where: 150 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton, SA
Book: To learn more or book your visit here

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