Autism friendly hour at store

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

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.”

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