Casey/Nally’s SuperValu Kilcock hosted an Autism Awareness workshop in conjunction with AsIAm yesterday, Tuesday October 2 in the boardroom of the Kilcock store at 7pm.
Adam Harris from AsIAM has designed a 90 minute workshop and education evening alongside SuperValu to enable businesses, community groups and organisations better understand autism and understand how they can actively support and include members of the autism community.
Adam Harris from AsIAm said; “SuperValu is playing a vital role in mainstreaming understanding of autism in store and in the wider community by speaking directly to their customer base, their staff and now their peer business organisations. The supermarket is a big trigger zone for the autism community and while SuperValu is already making sensory changes in there we realised how important it is to educate the wider community on how they can play their part in making Autistic people feel included.
These evenings will facilitate a greater learning on the benefits to a business in being Autism Aware and the simple steps needed to get there."
SuperValu is hosting Autism through their Autism friendly shopping evenings in stores around the country. The company also has a roadmap for change which is currently being rolled out in stores across the next 12 months.
The initiatives already in place in store have been designed in conjunction with the Middletown Centre for Autism and include: Autism Friendly shopping times, Development of Store Maps, De-sensitisation of store sounds at designated shopping times, Reduce & standardise beep sounds on tills in stores nationwide; Staff awareness, Autism friendly trolleys and an expert panel to meet three times a year to ensure that all initiatives are impactful, and relevant for families with autism
To find out more about the Autism friendly initiatives and to download specific maps for your
area, visit www.supervalu.ie/autismfriendly.