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Autism hour makes 'huge difference' at Sainsbury's Pepper Hill

PUBLISHED: 10:19 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:19 03 October 2017

Sainsbury's in Pepper Hill welcomed those on the autistic spectrum by turning off music and avoiding the use of the tannoy

Sainsbury's in Pepper Hill welcomed those on the autistic spectrum by turning off music and avoiding the use of the tannoy

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A number of different shops are taking part in autism hour this week

A Northfleet supermarket turned the noise down on Monday in a bid to improve autistic shoppers’ experience.

The national autism hour campaign was held in Sainsbury’s up and down the country, with more than 4,900 different shops and services set to take part this week.

Mandy Garford, chair of National Autistic Society Dartford and Gravesham, explained: “Just small adjustments can make a huge difference to someone with autism.

“They might struggle with the noise or the lighting in a store but by turning off the tannoy or dimming the lights an autistic person may be able to go inside and shop.

“We are very thankful that stores and shops like Sainsbury’s in Pepper Hill have taken part in autism hour and taken a step towards making our communities more autism friendly.”

The Pepper Hill supermarket off Springhead Road turned off its in-store music and avoided using its tannoy from 10am.

PR Ambassador Claire Sherlock said “We have spoken about autism in store a lot over the past couple of weeks and looked at ways we can help make shopping a little easier for all involved.

“Mandy and members of her team from the National Autistic Society have visited us in store on two occasions to give our colleagues an insight into living life with autism. We all found this valuable and have been given helpful tips on how to assist if needs be.”

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