On Sunday 2 April intu Chapelfield are welcoming Autism Anglia into the centre to answer any of your questions surrounding autism on World Autism Awareness Day.
At intu we are working with the National Autistic Society in order to help our shopping centres across the UK to become autism friendly. We are currently training staff on site with essential skills on the signs of autism, the challenges an autistic person might encounter while shopping, and how as an organisation we can help.
There will be some great literature on offer as well as staff from the organisation on hand to answer any questions on topics including such how to spot the signs of someone with autism and how best to support shoppers, friends and family affected by autism.
As you will understand many autistic people and their families still struggle to access businesses, the high street and the community amenities that others take for granted. The team at Autism Anglia has already worked with the Norwich Airport and theatre so really understand what consumers with autism need and want. We are also in the process of printing two autism friendly guides for our centre with cards and wristbands.
At 4pm on Sunday we'll be trailing our very first ‘Quiet Hour’. Together with our retailer's well be offering a peaceful approach to shopping in the centre. For one hour our retailers will be turning off all loud music and other significant distractions in store, enabling our shoppers with autism to experience a more laid back shopping experience.
Our Apple store will be holding a free Accessibility Basics - Assistive Learning Tools workshop to customers on World Autism Day. These workshops will explore how guided access can help to keep the learning focused for those with cognitive and learning disabilities. Pop in store for more information.