Autism Friendly Shopping

I so hope this comes to Australia.

A Is For Aoife Not Autism

Greetings Earthlings! šŸ˜€

Shopping can be quite an overwhelming experience for an autist- the hustle and bustle, bright lighting, loud noises, strong smells etc.

As autism friendly events are all the rage at the moment, I decided to take some time to check out Lidlā€™s weekly autism friendly shopping hours.

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So whatā€™s so special about Lidlā€™s autism friendly shopping experience?

Every Tuesday from 6-8pm across all Irish stores, Lidl takes the following autism friendly measures:

  • Reduced lighting
  • No music or announcements
  • Lower till scan sounds
  • Priority queuing
  • Offers additional help if requested
  • Assistance dogs are welcome (sadly none of these cuties were around during my visit šŸ˜¦ )

They also include a sensory map for kids which can be downloaded from their website to show you the layout of the store to familiarize yourself with it, even providing a key to indicate where there may be strong smells, cold areasā€¦

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4 thoughts on “Autism Friendly Shopping

    1. It does seem so good. But no shops like this in Western Australia. We do get the occasional show or zoo day but that’s about it.
      BTW I haven’t answered your other comment because Alex really wants to.

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