'Sensory backpacks' to help people with autism at Fringe
A new backpack will help people with autism navigate the crowded and noisy festival.
A new "sensory backpack" designed to help people with autism at this year's Fringe festival has been launched.
The Fringe Society is handing out the backpacks to help Fringe-goers with Asperger's Syndrome or autism who struggle with the festival's crowded and noisy atmosphere.
Each backpack contains several items designed to help them navigate the Fringe.
These include ear defenders, a fidget spinner, a water bottle and a map if requested.
A stress toy in the shape of an Edinburgh tram is also provided.
The Fringe Society has made 50 of the backpacks available for children and adults free of charge.
Joseph Cameron, a presenter for Scottish Autistic Media, was among the first to try out the backpacks.
He told STV: "Being on the autistic spectrum is very challenging at times, I think it's a really good idea to have these sensory backpacks to help people that have classical autism."
He said the ear defenders meant people with autism would not have to worry about the noise of the festival.