Autism friendly hour at store
PETS At Home Widnes has teamed up with the National Autistic Society, to hold an autism hour on Saturday, October13.
The National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour was launched last year to encourage shops to be more inclusive, by providing autistic people with a break from the usual information overload often found in stores.
The store in Widnes is one of over 400 in the UK which will be holding their an autism hour for the first hour that the store is open on the day.
It involves dimming the lights, turning down music and till bells and sharing information about the condition with employees, to make the store more autism friendly.
Research by the National Autistic Society found that 64% of autistic people sometimes avoid going to the shops because the environment is not sensitive to their needs.
Keith Gearing, store manager at Pets At Home Widnes, said: “We are 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.”