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How An Arnprior Grocery Store Is Making Shopping Easier for People With Autism

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- 40 days ago -
From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Mondays, a grocery store in Arnprior, Ont., dims the lights, turns off the intercom and asks staff not to wear scents âEUR" all to create a "sensory-friendly shopping experience" for people with special needs.


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Leo C (312)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 7:59 am
Thank you for sharing!

Donna T (0)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 8:01 am
thank you

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 1:25 pm
Bravo Mark Harrison for being so caring to others with disabilities.
Thanks Lone

Glennis W (393)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 2:56 pm
Very interesting Thank you for caring and sharing Lone

Animae C (507)
Tuesday February 12, 2019, 3:06 pm
BRAVO Mark Harrison & Carol Greer who came across a social media post about a store in Nova Scotia offering a similar service for people with sensory sensitivities and forwarded it to her boss.

i hope others will do the same!!!

Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 10:01 am
What a great idea.

David C (80)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 2:10 pm

Rosemary Rannes (643)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 2:33 pm
Lone thank you for caring2share this awesome news story.
Kudo's to Mark Harrison & Carol Greer for bringing awareness and taking action on behalf of children & people with Autism & sensory deprivation.
People Matter should be the new slogan for No Frills across Canada and their respective food chains in the U.S.
My husband is actually from Arnprior and we both lived there many years ago for a few years.
The community like most small towns consists of caring individuals, and of course Mark Harrison who exemplifies just how much people & children matter.
" No Frills franchise owner Mark Harrison has two children on the autism spectrum and knows first-hand some people struggle with sensitivities to bright light, noise and other things.

"It can be very disorienting for them. It can make the experience of basic shopping just horrible. So if we can offer a bit of a calmer experience with less lights and less noise, then it's a win for everybody," Harrison said."
I plan to send an email to their head office to express my personal congratulations and hopes that No Frills will carry this program forward to all their stores.

Janet B (0)
Wednesday February 13, 2019, 7:10 pm

Raleighaway k (359)
Thursday February 14, 2019, 11:26 pm
Great idea! ty Lone

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday February 17, 2019, 3:23 am
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