Autism hour at pet store

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -

Coat­bridge’s branch of Pets at Home will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in Satur­day’s autism hour, run by the Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety (NAS).

It will see staff at the store in Fara­day re­tail park dim lights, turn down mu­sic and re­duce till noises for the first hour of the day, to make the store more autism friendly.

NAS’s autism hour was launched last year to en­cour­age shops to pro­vide peo­ple with autism with a break from the po­ten­tially over­whelm­ing in­for­ma­tion over­load of sounds, smells, sights and in­for­ma­tion of­ten ex­pe­ri­enced on shop­ping trips.

Pets at Home will also share in­for­ma­tion about autism with em­ploy­ees as part of Satur­day’s event.

Store man­ager Kyle White said: “We’re proud to be sup­port­ing this fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive once again.

“We know it makes such a dif­fer­ence to the lives of some of our cus­tomers and their fam­i­lies who want to shop for their pets.”

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