14 autism friendly intu shopping centres will launch the week-long event on 2nd October at 10am.
The National Autistic Society Autism Hour is the first ever week-long mass participation event where shops and businesses across the UK will become more autism friendly for 60 minutes. Launched in partnership with shopping centre owner, intu, 4,500 stores will be taking part across the UK and will be dimming their lights, turning down music, and sharing information about autism for one hour on the week of 2nd October.
The event will launch in all 14 of intu’s autism friendly shopping centres, including intu Trafford Centre, intu Lakeside, and intu Metrocentre, with shops taking part including branches of John Lewis and Toys R Us. Sainsbury’s and Mothercare are also among the 4,500 individual stores that have signed up, and Lloyds Banking Group will be supporting by educating their colleagues about autism during Autism Hour to support customers.
The National Autistic Society is encouraging autistic adults, children, and their families to attend Autism Hours in their local area by using the interactive map which shows which shops and businesses will be taking part throughout the week. The map allows users to zoom in to where you live, filter by category and start planning your visit.