Store praised for autism initiative

Morrisons store in Banchory
Morrisons store in Banchory

The introduction of a “quiet hour” for autistic shoppers in Banchory has been praised.

Morrisons will dim lights, turn music off, avoid using the tannoy and turn check-out beeps down on Saturdays from 9-10am.

Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett, a member of Holyrood’s cross-party group on autism, says the move will make the experience of shopping much friendlier for those affected by the condition.

He said: “As our understanding of the challenges faced by autistic people grows, so does the responsibility to promote inclusion.

“Having spoken to constituents and their families about how stressful it is just to do a weekly shop, I will be recommending this approach to my colleagues in the Scottish Parliament.

“This could be a watershed moment for people who are excluded from an everyday activity most of us take for granted.”

Local mum Karen McNeill said: “This is a major step forward by a major supermarket in recognising the challenges around autism and acting to provide an accessible everyday environment that promotes inclusion.”