Touchwood shopping centre to dim the lights for 'Autism Hour' in October - The Solihull Observer

Touchwood shopping centre to dim the lights for 'Autism Hour' in October

Solihull Editorial 30th Sep, 2019   0

TOUCHWOOD shopping centre will be standing in solidarity for Autism Hour this autumn.

From October 5 to 12 the centre is set to dim the lights and turn down music for The National Autistic Society’s Hour campaign.

Autism Hour raises awareness of how small changes can make a big difference for autistic people and their families when out and about.

Tony Elvin, general manager at Touchwood, added: “We understand that noise and large public spaces can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming for some of our guests, which is why we are delighted to be supporting the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour for the second year running.

“At Touchwood we take pride in continually working hard to ensure the centre is accessible and welcoming for all.

“For example, our weekly ‘Quiet Hour,’ where lights in all main areas of the centre are dimmed, music turned is off and tannoy announcements are kept to a minimum, has been well received since its launch over a year ago by guests who need or prefer a more peaceful shopping environment.”

Hilary McGlynn from Autism West Midlands, said: “The changes made by Touchwood to make the centre more accessible to autistic people and others who find such environments to be challenging is to be commended.

“Autism Hours and quiet times make a real difference to the day to day lives of autistic people and their families.

“Autism West Midlands has been pleased to support to Touchwood in their plans by offering advice and training to staff.”

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