People living with autism will now be able to do their grocery shop during a weekly ‘quiet hour’.
The Grand Marché supermarkets in Jersey and Guernsey will dim their lights, turn the music off and make no tannoy announcements during the dedicated hour.
Autism Jersey say these few changes, which take very little effort, can make it easier for adults and children who are on the autism spectrum.
The quiet hour will start from January 8th and take place every Monday between 3pm and 4pm.
The initiative follows the success of a quiet hour trial held in October.
We were delighted to work with the Co-op in October and we welcome the move to make this a regular feature. It just goes to show how some small changes can make a big difference to people with autism. An awareness and understanding of autism goes a long way to helping the people that we support on a daily basis. I hope other retailers will learn from the Co-op’s fine example of responding to the needs and wishes of customers.
– Paul Sullivan, Autism Jersey Chief Operations Officer