Equality News Update: Glasgow bid’s to become the first autism-friendly city centre in the UK

TWO events are being held this week in the city’s bid to become the first autism friendly city centre in the UK.

The area attracts 55 million visitors each year and is one of the UK’s top destinations for work. leisure and shopping.

TWO events are being held this week in the city’s bid to become the first autism friendly city centre in the UK.

The area attracts 55 million visitors each year and is one of the UK’s top destinations for work. leisure and shopping.

Just over 1% of the UK’s population is affected by autism and ensuring the city centre is autism friendly will further underline its reputation as a family friendly location.

The city council will be working with the business community, Autism Network Scotland and other organisations in a bid to develop proposals.

They will initially focus on high footfall locations like shopping centres transport hubs, museums and cinemas.

The aim is to help create a positive customer experience, provide information and guidance for autistic people, increase staff awareness of the condition and to make appropriate adaptations in business premises.

City council leader Susan Aitken said: “Making Glasgow city centre autism friendly will make the city centre more accessible for everyone which in turn will bring social and economic benefits for the whole city.

“I would encourage everyone with an interest to come along to these workshops so they can share their ideas and help shape our strategy to ensure our city centre is accessible for all.”

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http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15383072.Glasgow_bid_s_to_become_the_first_autism_friendly_city_centre_in_the_UK/

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lewisbainbridge

Information and Communications Assistant at Fife Centre for Equalities