‘Quiet hour’ to be held in support for autistic shoppers
Shops and restaurants across the UK will dim the lights and turn down the music for “quiet hour” in support of their autistic shoppers.
14 shopping centres in the UK will assist the National Autistic Society’s awareness campaign by creating a more autism-friendly shopping experience. Every retailer, restaurant and leisure operator at Intu’s centres will be asked to take part in the scheme, for an hour on Monday, October 2.
Lakeside in Essex and Trafford Centre in Manchester are amongst the stores participating, although Intu’s staff have already been trained to be aware of people with disabilities while offering autism-friendly guides. Approximately 700,000 people in the UK are autistic, and people with spectrum disorder can find bright lights, loud music and pungent smells too much of a sensory overload, which can lead to extreme anxiety. Intu aims to make their shopping experience more comfortable in response to the fact that an estimated two thirds of autistic people are said to avoid shopping altogether. For more details Disabled Go