The implementation of "Quiet Hour" follows a Coles trial in August, conducted in partnership with Aspect, that proved a major success with those on the spectrum and their family members.
Coles has announced it'll dim the lights and turn down the radio for an hour each week, as part of a new initiative to make a more inclusive experience for shoppers with difficulties processing sensory stimulation. Coles said they wish the weekly timeslot from 10:30 to 11:30am local time to be a "judgment-free zone".
No announcements will be made unless it's an emergency and trolleys won't get collected and rolled back into the store in a bid to reduce the racket. Additional staff will also be made available to assist customers if required.
Coles Accessibility Sponsor Peter Sheean had released a statement, saying the company is constantly looking for ways to meet the different needs of its customers.
"Together with Coles, we're achieving a "no-judgement" shopping space where people on the spectrum and their families can feel comfortable and welcome whilst grocery shopping".
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14 stores in Queensland will implement quiet hour but none of those are in Ipswich.
"The modifications to the shopping experience haven't just been about creating low physical and sensory stimulators", Aspect Community Engagement and Operations Linzi Coyle said.
"I know my son struggles going to the supermarket because of sensory overload so this would help make the stress of going to do the shopping a lot [sic] less and more of a positive experience".
Some took to social media to talk about their experiences.
Earlier this year, Emily Dive thanked Coles in an emotional Facebook post for "acknowledging your environment for people entering your store can be a sensory landmine for many to navigate". Some say it is not just people with autism who appreciate the initiative.
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