This Cork bookshop is launching a sensory-friendly quiet hour
Prefer to browse in peace and quiet?
A Cork bookshop is introducing a sensory-friendly quiet hour, following in the footsteps of neighbouring shops on St Patrick’s Street.
Dubray Cork will observe a quiet hour each Sunday morning from 12pm-1pm as part of a plan to make the store a more inclusive and comfortable space.
In recent months, staff members have completed training with AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, and developed a greater understanding of how best to cater to neurodivergent customers, through further reading and research.
According to AsIAm, one in 65 people are autistic. However, many people suffer from sensory overload, particularly, but not limited to people on the autism spectrum.
For those who experience hypersensitivity, even everyday occurrences can be overwhelming.
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“Dubray aims to provide a calm shopping experience by minimising sensory stimuli such as lighting and noise levels and avoiding restocking activity.” a spokesperson said.
“Staff will also provide a map of the store highlighting any area of the store that may prove more stimulating than others. It is hoped that this will be to the benefit of not only people on the autism spectrum but also those who suffer from headaches, high stress, or just prefer peace and quiet while they shop.”