Big-name stores taking part in Autism Hour
The Hamilton branches of Argos, Pets at Home and Morrisons are among the stores taking part in the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour.
The event was launched last year as the first mass-participation event to encourage shops to be more inclusive, by providing autistic people with a break from the usual information overload often found in stores.
With around 700,000 autistic people in the UK, as well as three million family members and carers, families can enjoy an hour of shopping dedicated to meeting their needs, as they can experience the world in a different, often more intense way to other people.
People with the condition can find social situations difficult and might struggle to filter out the sounds, smells, sights and information they experience, which can make busy public places, like shops, overwhelming.
Mark Lever, chief executive at the National Autistic Society, said:“it’s wonderful to see so many well-known high street retailers have already signed up and are ready to make the world a more autism friendly place. Autistic people represent a huge part of our society and, shockingly, 28 per cent of autistic people have been asked to leave a public place for reasons associated with their autism.
“They and their families want, and deserve, to have the opportunity to go to the shops, just like anyone else.
“The National Autistic Society want a world which works for autistic people.
“With Autism Hour, we want to show retailers the small things they can do to help open up the high street for autistic people.
“It’s often the smallest change that makes the biggest difference.”details of events taking place in Hamilton include:
Argos, Hamilton Palace Retail Park Wednesday, October 10, from 4pm to 5pm Friday, October 12, from 7pm to 8pm
Pets at Home, Hamilton Palace Retail Park Saturday, October 13, 9am to 10am
Morrisons, Hamilton Every Saturday from 9am to 10am. Research by the National Autistic Society found that 64 per cent of autistic people sometimes avoid going to the shops because the environment isn’t sensitive to their needs.