The National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism Hour campaign aims to improve the lives of autistic people and their families by changing public perceptions, attitudes and behaviour towards them by improving public understanding of autism and by improving access to community facilities such as shopping centres, cafes, leisure centres, heritage sites and other public places.
The Autism Hour campaign commences the week beginning 2nd October 2017 and asks retailers and businesses to choose an hour during that week when they will agree to, turn down music or other noise and dim the lights, share information with employees and increase public understanding. Chester Voluntary Action are working in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, along with many other statutory and voluntary sector partners to be a part of this important campaign
We want to encourage local shops, businesses and services to sign up on the National Autistic Website by the 15th September 2017. All of the information you need to be a part of this important initiative can be found here www.autism.org.uk/autismhour , the website also has a host of resources such as letters and flyers to explain the importance of the campaign.
The local branch of the NAS in conjunction with Storyhouse are running a TMI (Too Much Information) event to raise awareness about autism as part of the Autism Hour initiative. This will take place on Monday 2nd October at 10am at Storyhouse.
Deputy Chief Executive
Chester Voluntary Action