To mark National Autism Awareness Month, Quadrant Shopping Centre is launching a ‘Quiet Hour’ initiative in support of shoppers who are affected by autism and other sensory impairments.
Starting on Sunday 14 April, and running every week over the course of the next few months, Quadrant Shopping Centre’s ‘Quiet Hour’ campaign will be taking place at midday until 1pm. By turning off the centre’s music, a more calming and relaxing environment will be created for customers who require a less stressful setting to make their visit a more enjoyable experience.
Lisa Hartley, Quadrant Shopping Centre manager, said she is really pleased that the centre is able to show its ongoing support to all members of the Swansea community so that the centre is an inclusive shopping destination for all.
She said: “For our visitors who experience the world differently, coming to a busy centre with crowds of people, music and bright lights can be disorientating and overwhelming. It’s wonderful that we are able to take steps to ensure people can freely enjoy everything on offer here.
“Making simple adjustments to our surroundings opens up new opportunities for those with ‘silent’ disabilities to feel much more comfortable when out in public spaces.”
National Autism Awareness Month promotes autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.
This year, the initiative wants to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness to encouraging friends and collaborators to become partners in movement towards acceptance and appreciation.
Lisa said that it was important to keep pushing forward in making Swansea a more autism-friendly city and putting more positive actions in place. She added: “We’re at the heart of the community and are fully committed to making sure that our retail environment is as appealing as possible to all visitors.”
For more information on events taking place at Quadrant Shopping Centre, please visit www.quadrantshopping.co.uk.