The supermarket chain Morrisons has introduced a weekly “quiet time” for autism, buyers who have a hard time with the music and the noise.
Its UK stores will dim the lights, turn up the music off, avoid using the tannoy and turn the check-out beeps down on the Saturday from 09:00 to 10:00.
The movement of carts and baskets will also be reduced, ” he said.
The National Autistic Society says it is a “step in the right direction” for those who have shops in a fight.
The charity is encouraging retailers to take part in a nationwide “autism time” in October.
The shop of toys The Artist has “quiet hours” during the first hour of opening every Saturday, when the staff is off in the music store in the company’s 145 stores in the UK to “create a more welcoming environment for children with autism”.
Other stores, including an Asda supermarket in Manchester and Tesco Extra in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, button “quiet hours”.
Tesco has said that it was not the planning of the deployment of the initiative at the national level, but the store managers have been invited to submit if they deem it appropriate.
‘Autism Hour’ how to reduce the shopping stress
What is autism?
The Morrisons has been introduced following a trial earlier this year in his Lincoln, Woking and Gainsborough stores. Angela Gray, Morrisons community champion at Woking, who has an autistic child herself said that she had found the changes made to a “real difference”.
The National Autistic Society says there are 700 000 people on the autism spectrum in the united KINGDOM, that “see, hear, and feel the world differently to other people, often in a more intense way”.
There are close to 500 Morrisons stores in the UK.What is autism?
A lifetime developmental disability that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them
Approximately 700,000 people in the UK (over 100) are on the autism spectrum
Autism does not only affect the children. Children with autism grow up to become adults with autism
People may be sensitive or more sensitive to sound; to find social situations a challenge; the experience of a “collapse” so overwhelmed
Source: The National Autistic Society
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