Public spaces can be overwhelming for an autistic person trying to deal with too much information.
Many autistic people and their families give up using shops, restaurants and other high street outlets because they do not find them accessible, and their worlds shrink. These are places other people might expect to visit without a second thought. We found out that:
- 79% of autistic people feel socially isolated
- 70% of families living with autism feel socially isolated.
The British Retail Consortium represents over 80% of the UK’s high street. We’re asking them to work with their membership, which include some of the country’s biggest retailers, to make the high street autism-friendly. Show your support for a high street accessible to all – sign the petition now.
Sign the petition
One supporter told us why more autism understanding and some small changes to the high street are vital:
My autistic son hates all the noise and lighting in the supermarket. The last time I shopped there he ran away and hid and I couldn’t find him for about ten minutes. It was the scariest thing I have ever been through. He was having a meltdown. I know the staff and other shoppers were staring at me and wondering what was happening.
If you agree that the high street needs to change, sign the petition.
By convincing places on your high street to take on an Autism Friendly Award, together we can open up communities until everyone understands. Getting the British Retail Consortium to champion autism-friendly shops and services to its membership, which includes most of the major UK shops, supermarkets and chains, is the best way to convince your high street to become autism-friendly.