For autistic people, the world can seem full of too much information – and too little understanding. 

There are 700,000 autistic people in the UK. Along with their families, that's over 3 million customers waiting to be welcomed into your business. Over 99% of people have heard of autism, but only 16% of autistic people feel the public understand them.

So, we're asking shops and businesses to organise an Autism Hour and take simple steps for 60 minutes that lead to a more autism-friendly world. Read stories from autistic people and their families to learn about the difference Autism Hour makes. 

Where are Autism Hours taking place?

Thousands of Autism Hours are taking place across the UK. To find your nearest Autism Hour, you can visit our interactive map.

What's involved in an Autism Hour?

  • Turning down music and other noise: overwhelming noise is a common barrier to autistic people accessing shops. Where possible, in-store tannoy announcements and other controllable noise should be reduced.
  • Dimming the lights: ​​lighting, particularly fluorescent strip lighting, can be overwhelming for autistic people. Wherever possible, whilst maintaining a safe premises, lights should be dimmed or switched off.
  • Sharing information about autism with employees: we don't expect everyone to be an autism expert but we believe everyone should understand autism. We'll provide information about autism to help your staff make your customers' experience a positive one.
  • Helping the public understand autism: during the week of 6 October, we’ll be asking participating shops and business to share information about autism with their customers.

How you can help

We couldn't run campaigns like Autism Hour without the generosity of our supporters. To help us continue to run Autism Hour, please support us with a donation.