The National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour is the UK’s first week-long event, launching 2 October, where shops and services take 60 minutes to provide autistic people with a break from the overload of too much information.

Businesses, from major shop chains to small local cafes, are participating all over the UK and holding their own National Autistic Society Autism Hour during the first week in October. They will take simple steps for 60 minutes, from dimming the lights to turning down music.

For autistic people, the world can seem full of too much information – and too little understanding. That’s why 64% of autistic people and their families avoid even going out to the shops. Shops can be too loud, glaringly bright and overwhelming for autistic people. 

Add to this a public that doesn’t always understand autism and an everyday activity like going to the shops can become impossible for autistic people and their families. The result is 79% of autistic people feeling socially isolated.That’s why, in the week of 2 October, with the support of shopping centre owner intu, the NAS are asking shops and businesses to take simple steps for 60 minutes that lead to a more autism-friendly world.

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