Supporting Autism Hour

6th October 2018

Supporting Autism Hour

Retailers and businesses from Staines-Upon-Thames’ Town will be uniting to support this years’ Autism Hour, taking place on Saturday 6th October.  

Autism is a lifelong disability that affects how people communicate and interact with the world with many autistic people and their families often finding shopping over-whelming.

As part of The National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour, from 9am -10am, retailers from Two Rivers Shopping Centre will be making small autism-friendly changes. Stores including Ann Summers, The Entertainer, McDonalds and Vue Cinema Centre will be turning down their sound stystems and drimming bright lights to create an autism friendly environment. Burrells will also be participating by turning off their music in store.

There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK and without the right understanding or support, many autistic people and their families say they avoid going to the shops. The bright lights, loud noises and a lack of understanding may leave many autistic people feeling overwhelmed and isolated.