A new National Autistic Society campaign is educating shops about how to make their stores less stressful for people with autism.
Major high street retails including Sainsbury’s, Argos and Schuh are making their stores more autism friendly this week.
The stores have agreed to takes steps such as turning down music, dimming fluorescent strip lighting and sharing information about autism with employees.
For one hour this week, they will make sure their stores are less frightening for people with autism.
The move is part of the National Autistic Society’s (NAS) new campaign, Autism Hour, which runs from 6 to 13 October.
It follows research from the charity that shows everyday experiences such as shopping can be challenging for autistic people with 64% saying they avoid shops and 28% saying they have been asked to leave a public place for reasons associated with their autism.