Lidl announces autism-friendly “quiet evenings”

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Lidl has announced an innovative new plan to assist families and individuals with autism with new "autism friendly" evenings at three of its stores.

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28 July 2017 | 0

Discounter supermarket Lidl has announced plans to trial an autism-friendly initiative that will aid families with the condition.

Lidl stores in Dublin, Westmeath and Monaghan will trial the initiative every Tuesday in August, whereby lighting will be dimmed, no music or announcements will take place and priority queues will be available.

The supermarket said it began the project after a staff member with experience of autism suggested that the stores could cater for customers with autism by making these, and other small changes to operations. Lidl also said it was working with Irish Autism Action to train and brief staff on the initiative.

Lidl hopes that the new project can be expanded eventually, to help ease the stress caused by autism on families. Some tasks that others take for granted – such as the weekly shop – can be made very difficult by the condition.

 

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