We are delighted to announce that Royal Victoria Place is supporting the National Autistic Society by implementing ‘Quiet Shopping Mornings’ which will take place every Tuesday between 9am and 11am.
Many retailers across the UK now support this initiative and last year over 5,000 shops and businesses supported this. So, we’re proud that RVP and its retailers are joining the cause to do our bit!
Watch this video and find out why TV Presenter Chris Packham backs Autism Hours.
What is autism?
Autism is a life-long disability which affects how people communicate with others and interact with the world around them. There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK with 64% of them avoiding shopping because it is too overwhelming.
Watch this video to see how overwhelming shopping can be for someone with autism.
We therefore want to make shopping for those with autism more comfortable here at RVP and have asked our retailers to help support us.
5 simple things we’ll be doing to make a big difference for our autistic shoppers…
- Switching off all store music and tannoy announcements
- Dim the lights where possible
- Clear store entrances and shop floors of unnecessary clutter
- Minimise stocking of shelves and displays during this period
- Inform our staff and providing additional assistance to help customers
Let us know
If there is anything else we can do to make shopping more comfortable for those with autism, we would love to hear your ideas or suggestions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. If you would like to support their valuable work, donations can be made at our customer services, located on level 1.
Find out more about the National Autistic Society at www.autism.org.uk.