MP praises new autism project

Braehead raises the game for shopping centres to be more autistic friendly.
Braehead raises the game for shopping centres to be more autistic friendly.

Kirsten Oswald MP has welcomed the launch of a new project at Braehead which aims to improve accessibility to the shopping centre for people with Autism and their families.

The East Renfrewshire MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in parliament praising the project which has been introduced by intu Braehead in collaboration with the charity Scottish Autism.

There are believed to be over 700,000 people in the UK on the autistic spectrum and many people with autism report having difficulties when they visit shopping centres due to the potential for sensory overload caused by the lights, sounds and crowds in the busy shops and restaurants.

Staff at the shopping centre have been given specialist training to better understand the challenges facing people with autism and ensure a better shopping experience for them and their families.

Kirsten said: “I was delighted to table a motion in parliament praising intu Braehead and Scottish Autism for the work they are doing.”