oise, bright lights and lots of people. All of these things can make simply popping to the shops an overwhelming experience for individuals with Autism.
According to the National Autistic Society, 64% of people with Autism and their families avoid going to shops due to the challenges that are faced. On top of the sensory overload, there are other factors to consider, including the understanding and patience of staff and members of the public.
However, in the week starting the 2nd October 2017, businesses around the UK have pledged to make small changes for one hour to make their organizations more Autism friendly.
The changes being made are very simple but can make a big difference to people living with Autism.
On the 2nd October Sainsbury's, Lloyds Bank, Schuh and Halifax will all made small changes to ensure that their stores are more Autism friendly. Although dimming lights and turning down music may seen very simple, these things really can make a massive difference to people's lives.
Here are the details of businesses in Newport who have pledged to take part later in the week:
Time: First hour of opening (full details on website)
Date: 2nd – 8th October
Date: 8th October
Date: 8th October
The following Newport businesses already offer regular Autism friendly events:
Where: Cineworld Cinema
When: 11am on the first Sunday of each month
Cineworld runs regular Autism friendly screenings. During these films, the lights are left on and the volume is reduced. There are also no adverts or trailers prior to the film starting. Arrive before the film starts and you can choose where you want to sit and get settled in. You are also able to bring your own food to the screening to make everyone as comfortable as possible.
Where: Energi Trampoline Park
When: Tuesday & Thursday 5pm
Energi provides inclusive trampolining sessions for young people with additional support needs. During these sessions the music is turned off, lights stop flashing and the number of people allowed in to jump is reduced. Full details of the Energi Friendly sessions can be found on their website.