A poll

Monday, April 25th, 2016 10:56 am
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Asda are reportedly trialing "quiet hour for autistic people" in one of their Manchester stores. I think this is a great idea, although I'm not sure the hour they've chosen (8am Saturday, which is a very busy time) is the best possible one (and yes I know there are probably practical reasons for the choice but aspie folks are so often nocturnal). What would you think if this was to happen in your local supermarket?

Poll #17452 Quiet hours in supermarkets
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 19

What do you think about quiet hours in supermarkets?

I'm ASD & YAY!
6 (31.6%)

I'm ASD & booooooooo :(
0 (0.0%)

I'm neurotypical & YAY!
13 (68.4%)

I'm neurotypical & booooooooo :(
0 (0.0%)

(This poll is also available on twitter for those who don't have DW logins)

((Also I know that ASD and neurotypical aren't the only brain options but twitter polls only allow 4 options and I wanted the poll to be the same cross-platform. Please pick the nearest option to fitting you?))

Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016 10:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lilysea
I *****love****** the idea of quiet hours (I don't have ASD, but I need earplugs AND headphones for supermarkets so that noise doesn't trigger a migraine),

but the fact that they're switching off the escalators is unfortunate - lots of people have problems with noise AND problems with stairs.

Maybe they could have a quiet day with no escalators,

and a different quiet day with escalators.

Agree that a quiet hour later in the day would be really good - so many people with disabilities have problems getting places before noon, myself included, for reasons varying from sleep cycle through waiting for morning meds to kick in, waiting for drowsy bedtime meds to wear off, and not being able to cope (physically or emotionally) with peak hour buses and trains.
Edited Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016 10:22 am (UTC)

Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] newandrewhickey.livejournal.com
I prefer neurotypical in its narrow meaning of "opposite to autistic" rather than the broader meaning people have started giving it, so I think in that sense autistic and neurotypical are a binary (I strongly dislike the later coinage "allistic", which is the only other word we have for "not autistic").

As for the quiet hour, yes 8AM is a rubbish time for it, but the idea of a quiet hour itself is something I wholeheartedly support.

Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016 10:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] newandrewhickey.livejournal.com
Although, frankly, I don't see why they can't just turn the muzak and TVs off *altogether*. I don't think anyone at all thinks those things *improve* the experience, so there's no need to have them on the rest of the time. Escalators are, of course, a different matter.

Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016 10:48 am (UTC)
lilysea: Serious (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilysea
I would totally be in favour of 24/7 muzak-free and TV-free supermarkets and department stores.

The only place that *needs* TVs to be on is a TV showroom.

Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016 12:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] king_touchy
Here's my vote for the same. Also - turn off those awful music stands that start blaring music when your proximity trips the motion sensor.

Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016 11:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
If they could turn the lights down too, and make the whole thing less echoey, that would be nice.

Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016 11:48 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
I would probably enjoy quiet hour shopping, but any benefit gained from turning off the (predictable) noise from the muzak is canceled by the 8am hour and crowds. So yay in principle, but I would pick "Last Christmas" on loop with a daytime Social Drama Judgeytimes show on the televisions and an uncrowded store over silent whatever and having a panic attack in the middle of a crowd because I just burned out my legs going up the stairs and now I can't find somewhere to sit before I fall over.

Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016 12:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rmc28
I like the idea, I like the willingness to consider making changes, and I really hope it's successful enough that they might listen to "good, but make it later" or "good, why not turn off the muzak all the time?" or "good, but actually escalators are an accessibility issue too".

I don't much like the local giant 24-hour supermarket, but on the odd occasion we've gone there post-10pm, it's been much quieter, the lighting's been reduced, and it's been a far less unpleasant experience overall.

We get supermarket deliveries as much as possible, though this is more for other reasons: not having to wade through crowds and migraine-inducing light is worth having to put up with a brief interaction with strangers at the door. (Plus not having to get a Zipcar; plus me not actually having driven since last August; plus being able to put the order together on my phone in dribs and drabs over several days and then finally scheduling it when ready.)

Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016 08:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
Very happy to have quiet periods.

I'd also happily schedule my supermarket visits to rock hours, if they existed.

(One night between Christmas and New Year they were playing a bunch of 80s rock in the local Sainsbury's. Best shopping ever.)

Date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 01:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] karohemd
Hah, I just wanted to comment that I don't fancy the music, anyway, so I'd rather not have it. Thankfully, I generally don't need to communicate at the supermarket (other than greeting and thanking the cashier) and I usally have earplugs with an audio book in so noise pollution isn't much of a problem. It would be if I had to actively engage with people. However, this is a hearing issue so not really applicable to this post.

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