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Spalding area shops who promote 'shopability not stopability' should be recognised




Hello there!Callum Brazzo here, continuing to make Autistic Lincs.

It’s Autism Hour this week all over the place which means a few hours of the day will be ‘autism-friendly’, and it has the support of The Governess of The Chase fame Anne Hegerty.PS still have a dream of going on for my and my grandma’s sake!

But I’ve criticized the NAS (National Autistic Society) in the past but I’ll praise them here; it’s a good move (and I won’t go deeper into that and ruin people’s days…)

Callum Brazzo, Spalding.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-130218-137TW (17311281)
Callum Brazzo, Spalding.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-130218-137TW (17311281)

However, what is funny to me is that years ago, before I became a columnist for Lincolnshire Free Press, I was trying to push a campaign of my own around this and I’d like to bring it back into focus this weekend and moving forward.

#ShopabilitynotSTOPability was a hashtag (Twitter-speak) which I wanted to use as a leverage point to have conversations with the Spalding community about shop accessibility.

If you are not familiar with social media, the idea was to create a catchy phrase that would pull people in and use that as an opportunity to have conversations about accessibility in shops and in stores generally.

Lets recognise the shops in South Holland who support autistic customers and their families. Photo supplied by South Holland District Council.
Lets recognise the shops in South Holland who support autistic customers and their families. Photo supplied by South Holland District Council.

So why don’t we re-ignite this simple idea but go even bigger? I’m talking South Holland-wide!

I would love you, the readers and consumers of this column, to let me know which stores deserve to be recognised for their ‘shopability.’

Has a staff member treated you amazingly well when your child has had a meltdown?

Are there stores that have a brilliant autism-friendly or disability-friendly atmosphere?

What areas in South Holland deserve to be recognized for their helpful attitude/disability access?

Could South Holland do better and if so….how?

Let me know!

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- In his last column Callum celebrated the first anniversary of Autistic Led

Further Reading And Events:

ShopabilitynotSTOPability Campaign:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/shopabilitynotSTOPability?src=hash

Why Autism Hour is more than just 60 minutes:

https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/media-centre/news/2019-08-01-5-reasons-autism-hour.aspx

Support Autistic Led by buying my poetry:

https://shop.autisticempire.com/collections/callum-brazzo-performance-poet

Rainbow Stars Hub Opening:

https://www.facebook.com/events/518544092295236/

Going Forward Social Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1783434501928777/

Little Miracles South Holland:

https://www.facebook.com/Little-Miracles-South-Holland-1532257540353719/

Autistic Lincs Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Autistic-Lincs-Lincolnshire-Free-Press-2123029224419944/?modal=admin_todo_tour

2 places I go for the mid-week refuel!

#PE11 Pub (outstanding eating place 1)

https://www.facebook.com/pe11spalding/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

Sergi’s Tapas Bar (Incredible eating place 2)

https://www.facebook.com/sergistapas/

New video on Autistic Led YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIEf6h3jSh8&t=78s

Autistic singer – Shadow:

https://shadow22222.bandcamp.com/track/unified-love

Autistic Inclusive Meets – London Charity

and their 2nd Annual Autistic Craft Fair in London:

https://autisticinclusivemeets.org/

https://www.facebook.com/events/419511522002032/


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