By John Scheerhout in The Manchester Evening News.
A superstore is introducing a ‘quiet hour’ to help autistic shoppers.
ASDA Living in Cheetham Hill will stop the escalators and turn-off the in-store music and display TVs to make the shop perfect for people with autism who are sometimes troubled by loud noises.
Autistic and other disabled customers will also be given a map of the store featuring pictures instead of words.
Manager Simon Lea says ‘you’ll be able to hear a pin drop’ when he starts his first quiet hour at 8am on Saturday May 7.
He decided to introduce it after seeing a boy with autism struggling to cope on the shop floor a fortnight ago.
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