Doncaster shopping centre introduces weekly quiet hour for shoppers with autism
Shoppers who have autism will be able to shop with ease at a Doncaster shopping centre which has introduced a weekly quiet hour.
Following this success of theÂ Autism Hour, which was held earlier this yearÂ at Lakeside Village, Doncaster, the centre management team have announced that a weekly quiet hour will now be introduced.
The aim of the quiet hourÂ is to make shopping a less stressful experience for people with autism.
David Aunins, centre manager,Â said: 'We had such great feedback from our customers and stores following this year's national Autism Hour that we have decided to make this a weekly event.
'We willÂ be turning down music andÂ other noise such as tannoy announcements which can be a common barrier to autistic people accessing shops.
'We will also be dimming the lights as fluorescent strip lighting, can be overwhelming for autistic people.
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'It is important to us that our shoppers and their family members feel comfortable when they visit the centre and we also have a quiet room available for anyone who needs to step away from the hustle bustle of the shopping environment.'
From Monday, October 29 the centre will introduce a quiet hour between 5pm and 6pm.
Mr Aunins added: 'We are piloting the day and time and will review with our customers if this works for them after a four week period. If not we'll try a different day and time. We want to make this a meaningful hour and for it to have a positive impact on our shoppers.'
For more information, pleaseÂ visitÂ www.lakeside-village.co.uk.