Shops in the UK to observe quiet hour for autism awareness

A nationwide 'quiet hour' is to be held in shops in the United Kingdom as part of a project to raise awareness of autism.

Fourteen shopping centres will join the National Austistic Society's awareness campaign. Lights will be dimmed and music put off in restaurants and shops on 2 October.

A number of major stores like Clarks and Toys R Us are part of this campaign. Research shows that 64% of autistic people in the UK avoid going to the shops, and 28% have been asked to leave a public place for reasons linked to their autism.

Autistic spectrum disorder is a broad term for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, which affect a person's social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.

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