Shopping centres and restaurants across Britain will fall silent this autumn with the launch of ‘autism hour’.
The event will see businesses reduce their lights, music and other background noise from 10am on Monday, October 2 in a bid to raise awareness of autism, with a survey finding that 64 per cent of autistic people avoid going to shops.
The survey, published by The National Autistic Society, also found that 28 per cent of people have been asked to leave a public place for reasons associated with their autism.
“We’re encouraging other shops and services to follow their lead and take simple steps that will lead to a more autism friendly world,” said Mark Lever, Chief Executive at the National Autistic Society.
The news comes as The Big Issue features a moving piece from 19-year-old Amy Maguire this week. The teenage writer, from Ayr, offers a unique, rarely-heard perspective as she explores having a brother with autism.