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Asda Store Introduces Quiet Hour to Help Shoppers With Autism

by Reshma Anand on April 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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Asda Store Introduces Quiet Hour to Help Shoppers With Autism

Asda Living store in Manchester, the United Kingdom has announced that it will implement a "quiet hour" at this outlet to help people with autism shop peacefully.

The proposal has got much appreciation from the public as their Facebook post went viral getting more than 8000 likes. The plan will have its debut on May 7, 2016.

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During the quiet hour, the shop keepers will stop the escalators and turn-off the in-store music and display TVs to make the shop perfect for people with autism.

Autistic people are sometimes troubled by loud noises and it makes it difficult for them to buy. Also, the shop owners will provide the store map with pictures instead of words to help them navigate easily.
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The store manager came up with this idea after an incident that took place in his shop a fortnight ago. An autistic boy had a meltdown and he was kicking and screaming due to the loud noises in the shop. The boy's plight made him start this 'quiet hour' at the shop.

'It's all about helping people really. Six months ago I would have said "control your child" even though I've got children. But speaking to people with autism and disabled people has helped me think about how I can make it a better place to shop. We have a lot of disabled customers and we want to make the shop better for them,' said Simon Lea, Manager of Asda Living.

Source: Medindia
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