Garvey’s Tralee’s To Introduce Special Autism-Friendly Shopping Evenings

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Mark O’Sullivan of Garvey’s, Catherine Culnane, Nicola Chemieliowski, Catherine Moore, Denise Hennessy, Jamie Bowler, Darragh Galvin and Helen Griffin of Garvey’s at Supervalu Tralee for the launch of their Autism Initiative on Wednesday. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

GARVEY’S Supervalu Tralee have come up with a few great ideas to make the store more Autism friendly for their customers on certain evenings.

The store launched this plan on Wednesday, with a view to make it easier for customers with Autism to shop, by making just a few small changes.

Every second Wednesday night, starting April 12, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Garveys Supervalu will lower the lights and the PA system in the shop, and turn off the music.

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The introduction of new grocery trolleys with an attached Velcro Clipboard will make it easier for the children to focus in the shop.

Parents can stick a velcro cut out of what they need from the store on the clipboard, making it easier for the child to focus as they move throughout the store before they find the item.

A coffee evening will also be organised, where parents and children from different schools can come and meet up over a cup of tea or coffee, and use the evening as a platform to meet people.

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