Middlesbrough shopping centre launches Autism Hour

Captain Cook Square has become the first shopping centre in the town to get onboard with the UK’s first-ever Autism Hour.
Launched by the National Autistic Society, Autism Hour encourages shops and services to take simple steps to create a more autism-friendly world. Simple steps, including dimming the lights and turning off  the music in store are things that can be done with stores from across the Middlesbrough shopping centre set to take part.
Retailers including The Entertainer, Wilko, TJHughes and TKMaxx have already signed up and other shopping centres within the town are encouraged to follow the lead by taking 60 minutes to provide those with autism with a more comfortable shopping environment.

Captain Cook Square centre manager, Lynn Stainsby, said: ‘’We’re delighted to get involved in the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour and the support has been fantastic from the retailers here at Captain Cook Square.
“We’re hoping the shops around the town follow suit and get on board to help provide a break for families and help to educate shops and raise awareness of available services.’’