Autism-Friendly Businesses etc

On this page we plan to give details of organisations and businesses, large and small, in the Sheffield area which provide mainstream services to the public but which also make real efforts – with appropriate adjustments, staff training and an understanding of autism – to offer an autism-friendly experience to autistic adults or children, their families and carers.

If you wish to recommend an organisation or business (including your own) for inclusion in this list see this page.

Cinemas

The Light Cinema, The Moor, Sheffield S1 4PF

“We show regular screenings for our autistic guests and their friends to come along and enjoy.
To make the screenings more comfortable for our autistic guests, the sound is turned down and the lights are only dimmed, not turned off. People are welcome to move seats if they want, but we ask parents not to let children run around in the screen. You are also welcome to bring your own food.

Upcoming screenings will be listed on this page, so check regularly and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for screening announcements.”

Supermarkets

Morrisons

Supermarket chain Morrisons has introduced a weekly “quieter hour” for autistic shoppers who struggle with music and noise.
Its stores will dim lights, turn music off, avoid using the tannoy and turn check-out beeps down on Saturdays from 09:00 to 10:00.

Toy Shops

The Entertainer

The high street toy retailer is introducing a weekly Quiet Hour that will take place every Saturday for the first hour of opening  in all its UK stores to create a more welcoming environment for autistic children.

Hairdressers

Twisted Scissors, High Street, Rotherham, S60 1PT

“Our quiet Sunday takes place the first Sunday of every month. We provide a longer time frame and plenty of patience for children on the spectrum.” For more information see here.

NHS Dental Services

Sheffield NHS Community and Special Care Dentistry Service (part of Charles Clifford Dental Services):

“The Community and Special Care Dentistry Service operates dental clinics throughout the city.
Our service provides oral care for a wide range of patients with differing needs. We have developed specialised knowledge in different fields that enables us to offer the most appropriate care for each individual.
Patients need to be referred to our service by a health care or social care professional.”

For more information see here for the publication about the service.

Sheffield City Council Services

Howden House and other First Point offices: easier access for autistic people, families and carers by personal visit, telephone or email; the ‘A’ Card.

See this page for more details.

Piano and Keyboard Tuition

Madge Woollard: experienced and autism-friendly teacher.

See here for details.