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Public spaces like shops and services can be overwhelming for autistic people. That’s why 64% of autistic people avoid going to the shops, and why Autism Hour is so important. Here we've published stories from autistic people and their families.

Everything you need to know

Indie Andy

Indie Andy

"It's a chance for me to go shopping without feeling overwhelmed and for businesses to understand autistic people."



"It’s important to me as it promotes the need for the public to be more accepting and knowledgeable on autism."

Connor Ward

"It’s a great representation of how the world is realising simple changes can make a massive difference to many people."

Fay Hough

"By dedicating a specific hour to autistic people, it allows me to take Bowie out and his mind to wander without stress or fear." 


A family standing together smiling

Jo Lewis

"Shopping means planning. My autistic daughters don’t like strong smells, crowds, noise, waiting and the unexpected."

Ronnie Pinder

"Our store is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with just a little thought, understanding and respect."

Samantha Tomlin

"It allows parents and carers to feel more confident on an outing that could normally be a very stressful time for all."

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 23/07/2018 11:32:52