Rotherham branch group photoThis week, our National Autistic Society branches, schools and services have been helping to roll out our Autism Hour campaign in shops and businesses all over the UK. 

Autism Hour, which takes place from 6-13 October, encourages businesses to make their shops more autism-friendly for one hour. This means dimming lights, reducing noise and tannoy announcements, and providing information for staff and customers about autism. Over 10,000 businesses are taking part in Autism Hour this week. 

Collage of Autism Hour photos from various branches.
Here are some of the great things our branches have done so far to support Autism Hour: 

  • Our Rhondda Cynon Taff Branch awarded The Royal Mint Experience our Autism Friendly Award in Llansitrant. They have been working with us for over a year, and celebrated a fantastic achievement!
  • Our South Hampshire Branch attended an Autism Hour in Eastleigh’s Swan Centre. The event generated lots of interest from members of the public, and the Mayor of Eastleigh came to learn about how Autism Hour helps autistic people. 
  • Our Thurrock Branch held an information stall at intu Lakeside, showing shoppers our virtual reality experience and chatting about autism.
  • Our Surrey Branch ran an information and fundraising stall at the Guildford Friary. They had a great day and spoke to lots of people.
  • Our Rotherham Branch supported Autism Hours in their local Primark and the Fitzwilliam and Hughes Café. They drank some great coffee and the day was a great success!

As you can see, our branches have been working really hard to help make sure Autism Hour is a success. It’s not too late to join in, and you can find out which shops are holding Autism Hours today and tomorrow on our interactive map. You can find that here.

Find your local store

We hope you enjoy the rest of Autism Hour and we also want to thank all of our volunteers who have supported Autism Hour all over the country!

NAS branches staff in shopping centre for Autism Hour