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Here’s how Glasgow plans to be the first autism-friendly city centre in the UK – Glasgow Live

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017

Here’s how Glasgow plans to be the first autism-friendly city centre in the UK – Glasgow Live

Plans to make Glasgow the first autism-friendly city centre in the UK are moving forward, say Glasgow City Council.

The authority is working with the city’s business community and Autism Network Scotland to transform Glasgow into an inclusive, family-friendly location for all.

The city centre currently attracts around 55 million visits each year, making it a top UK destination for work, leisure and shopping.

GCC say that should include just over 1% of the UK’s population who are affected by autism.

The focus is on high footfall locations like shopping centres, transport hubs, museums and cinemas.

The plan is split into five objectives; customer experience, customer information, staff training, physical environment and promoting understanding, all geared towards raising awareness of autism and the challenges it presents to individuals in busy areas.

The council are leading a workshop on April 24 to ‘deepen understanding of how autism can impact on a visit to the city centre and the benefits of improving accessibility’.

A GCC spokesman said: “These proposals have a basic aim: simple changes that can allow autistic people, and their families or carers, to have the most enjoyable day they can in Glasgow city centre.

“We look forward to working with our project partners and making Glasgow the first place in the UK to have its entire city centre an autism-friendly location.”

Lynsey Stewart, network advisor at Autism Network Scotland, added: “We are delighted to be supporting the initiative to make Glasgow an autism-friendly city.

“We believe this worthwhile project will make a real difference enabling those on the autism spectrum to confidently access community infrastructure such as shopping centres, tourist attractions and public transport.”

Source: Here's how Glasgow plans to be the first autism-friendly city centre in the UK - Glasgow Live

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