George Square’s Christmas market tones down tomorrow as an Autism-friendly day for the public takes place.
Tomorrow from 10am-6pm Glasgow’s George Square Christmas market will be remarkably quieter, to provide Autistic people and their families a more comfortable and supportive festive day out.
The event organisers are partnering up with the National Autistic Society, in efforts to provide a more enjoyable Christmas experience. To do this the music will be turned down and flashing lights will be turned off.
Nick Ward, National Director of the National Autistic Society, Scotland, has said:
“We know that two thirds of autistic people in Scotland feel socially isolated – but we also know that small adjustments can often make a big difference.
“Autistic people and their families want the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas market experience just like everyone else. But many find the crowds, bright flashing lights and loud music overwhelming.
“I’m really pleased that Glasgow’s Christmas market is holding an autism-friendly day.”
The market will open a dry and quiet room for people who wish to take a break. A map of the market’s layout will be available, to make the day out for everyone that bit easier.
The staff of the Christmas Market have undertaken the appropriate training to cater for the public. Identifiable by their badges, they will be available throughout the Square.
Collection boxes will be displayed at various stations, with information about the work of the National Autistic Society and the support they offer on display.