The Club joined thousands of high street shops and businesses across the country to mark the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour on Monday.
Between 4.30pm and 5.30pm, the Club created a more autism-friendly experience in the Spurs Shop at Paxton House and the NFL Shop at the Tottenham Experience by turning down the music, dimming the lights and briefing staff.
Children from The Vale School, a local special needs school, and Freya MacCallum, one of the National Autistic Society’s young supporters, visited the Spurs Shop at Paxton House during this hour to experience the adapted environment.
There are around 700,000 people living with autism in the UK, as well as three million family members and carers. Those with autism often find social and public situations difficult and can struggle to filter out the sounds, smells, sights and information they experience, which can make busy public places, like shops, overwhelming. A National Autistic Society surveys suggests that 64 per cent of autistic people avoid shops and 28 per cent of autistic people have been asked to leave a public place for reasons associated with their autism.
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