Wirralglobe.co.uk: Why shops will be dimming their lights and turning down the music during Autism Hour week

IF you are out shopping this week, you might notice shops are a little bit quieter. 

That’s because between now and Saturday more than 10,000 shops and businesses across the country will be making adjustments to make shopping easier for autistic people and their families.

There are 30,000 Autism Hours taking place this week which includes  turning down music and other noise, dimming the lights and sharing information about autism with their employees.

The National Autistic Society launched the campaign to give autistic people a break from being overloaded with ‘too much information’. 

A spokesman added: “For autistic people, the world can seem full of too much information – and too little understanding.

“That’s why we launched the Too Much Information campaign to challenge the myths, misconceptions and stereotypes that contribute to 79% of autistic people feeling socially isolated and 64% of autistic people avoiding going to the shops.”

What’s involved in an Autism Hour?

Turning down music and other noise:

Overwhelming noise is a common barrier to autistic people accessing shops. Where possible, in-store tannoy announcements and other controllable noise should be reduced.

Dimming the lights:

Lighting, particularly fluorescent strip lighting, can be overwhelming for autistic people. Wherever possible, whilst maintaining a safe premises, lights should be dimmed or switched off.

Sharing information about autism with employees:

The charity says they don’t expect everyone to be an ‘autism expert’ but they believe everyone should ‘understand’ autism.

A spokesman added: “We’ll provide information about autism to help your staff make your customers’ experience a positive one.”

Which stores are taking part?

You can find your nearest store participating in Autism Hour by clicking here. 

A number of Trafford Centre stores will also have quiet hours this week up until Saturday from 10am to 11am.

They include: 

Abercrombie & Fitch
Build a Bear
Dorothy Perkins
Hotel Chocolat
John Lewis
Legoland Discovery Centre
Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe
Trafford Treetop Adventures
River Island
Sea Life

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