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 autism.org.uk/ get-involved/tmi/autism-hour.aspx,”