Today (11 April 2018) I visited the Co-Op in Mold to support them in their goal of raising awareness of autism. This followed on from World Autism Awareness Week (which took place on 26 March – 2 April 2018).
There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK – that’s more than 1 in 100. If you include their families, autism is part of daily life for 2.8 million people. It is a hidden disability and 70% of autistic adults say that they are not getting the help they need and it makes them feel isolated.
The National Autistic Society Cymru states on their website that:
“Trips to the shops can be stressful for autistic children and adults. Stress can affect behaviour and can have a profound effect on a person’s ability to do day-to-day activities like shopping. Frustration or anxiety can be caused by not knowing why we need to shop or what will happen when shopping, and a person can be overwhelmed by sensory experiences at the shops.” Read more “Autism Awareness Month”