Date lodged: 13 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it plans to take to encourage more retailers to introduce "quiet hour" shopping facilities in order to support customers who find music and other shopping noise challenging.
Answered by: Clare Haughey 23 January 2019
The Scottish Government is committed to improving the lives of autistic people through the implementation of the Scottish Strategy for Autism.
The Scottish Strategy for Autism: outcomes and priorities 2018-2021 was published in March 2018 and is available at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-strategy-autism-outcomes-priorities-2018-2021 .
This outlines that we acknowledge the growing number of autism friendly places in Scotland including airports and shopping centres, and we encourage retailers and other organisations to consider making their facilities autism friendly and enabling.
Autistic people should be able to enjoy public places just like anyone else and the National Autistic Society offer Autism Friendly Awards for retailers and other organisations. Further information is available from the following link: