West Lothian Courier - - District News -

An MSP is back­ing an ini­tia­tive to raise aware­ness of autism next month.

The First Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety Autism Hour will see Scot­land’s shops and ser­vices as well as those across the rest of the UK dim their lights, turn down mu­sic and share in­for­ma­tion about autism for 60 min­utes on the week of Oc­to­ber 2.

And it is be­ing sup­ported by Neil Find­lay MSP.

The ini­tia­tive in­tends to raise aware­ness of autism and the so­cial iso­la­tion felt by peo­ple with the con­di­tion.

A re­cent sur­vey by the char­ity re­vealed that 66 per cent of autis­tic peo­ple feel so­cially iso­lated, and 44 per cent some­times avoid go­ing out be­cause they are wor­ried about how peo­ple will re­act to them.

Neil Find­lay MSP said:“Many of us take a trip to the shops for granted but for autis­tic peo­ple it can be an over­whelm­ing, dif­fi­cult and daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I ap­plaud The Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety Scot­land for in­tro­duc­ing this fan­tas­tic ini­ta­tive and would strongly enourage lo­cal busi­nesses to sign-up. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please visit get-in­volved/tmi/autism-hour.aspx,”

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