When you are out and about with your children shops are now thinking about austistic people and how the shopping experience affects them. The below information can help you plan your visits with your children
Tesco has introduced permanent quiet hours in all of its large stores in order to improve accessibility for some of its customers. Every Wednesday and Saturday between the hours of 9am and 10am Tesco will be dimming its lights and lowering checkouts noise.
Morrisons is introducing 'quieter hours' on Sundays with no music, checkout beeps or PA announcements for the first hour of shopping. For stores that open from 10-4pm, quiet hours will operate from 10am-11am. Quieter hours currently operate every Saturday between 9am – 10am in all Morrisons stores.
Early afternoon hours between 2pm and 3pm will now be "quiet hours" at all of its 630 stores.
Asda's quiet hours will run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the supermarket has revealed.
It means that noises will be reduced, so there will be no in-store music and other sounds will be kept to a minimum.
The move is designed to help people with disabilities like autism and anxiety.
The supermarket turns off music and makes no announcements in stores during this time and even stops checkouts from beeping.
Lidl has "Autism Aware" quiet evenings on Tuesday from 6pm until 8pm.
- Dim the lights
- Turn music and radio off
- Avoid making tannoy announcements
- Reduce movement of trolleys and baskets
- Turn checkout beeps and other electrical noises down
- Place a poster outside to tell customers it’s Quieter Hour