Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has called for local shops in the Stirling area to take part in Autism Hour.
This is the first of its kind from the National Autistic Society Scotland and will take place in shops across Scotland and the rest of the UK dim their lights, turn their music down and share information about autism for 60 minutes.
A recent survey by the charity found that 66% of people with autism feel socially isolated, and 44% sometimes avoid going out because they are worried about how people react to them.
Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:
“Many of us take a trip to the shops for granted but for autistic people it can often be a difficult, daunting and overwhelming experience. This initiative from the National Autistic Society Scotland will give local businesses an opportunity to train themselves and teach members of the public about inclusive conduct on the high street.
“I would urge all local shops and services to consider how they can take part in Autism Hour and sign up online by visiting: http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/tmi/autism-hour.aspx