RAISING THE STANDARD OF INCLUSIVITY ACROSS THE RETAIL SECTOR

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Ellandi accredited by the National Autism Society for being "Autism Friendly" at 11 Shopping Centres

 

Shopping centres increasingly act as hubs pulling local communities together and are becoming an essential cornerstone of everyday life. As society quite rightly becomes more inclusive, shopping centres must lead the way in their own communities by ensuring that every individual can benefit from the facilities equally.

 

Ellandi recently made specific changes to make its centres ‘Autism Friendly’. Recently, it achieved this accreditation from the National Autism Society (NAS) at 11 centres and were further commended for the Howgate Centre, which is the first shopping centre in Scotland to be both autism friendly and to offer sensory shopping experiences. In fact, it has been hailed by the Scottish Parliament as being a stand-out example of community engagement.

 

None of these measures would have been possible without the enthusiastic cooperation of retailers at the centres, who have now also seen the considerable benefits to their own returns through increased footfall and spend.

 

Contact: Jonathan Robson

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