Shopping Complex

Whether depositing money in the bank, taking laundry to the laundromat, buying groceries at a supermarket, or looking for a new pair of pants at the clothing store, there are many reasons to go to areas with stores. But there are many people with autism spectrum disorder who are overwhelmed by crowds, distressed from navigating through stores, and bothered by the sights, sounds, and smells of shopping environments. These challenges may deter people with autism spectrum disorder and their families from going out to public places unless absolutely necessary, which can lead to seclusion from the community. Business owners and other members of the community can adapt their environments and encourage employees to understand and support the needs of people with ASD. Use the tools and resources in the Shopping Complex to find ways for all people to enjoy their shopping experiences.

This program is made possible by the Kohl’s Autism Awareness Program at Children’s Specialized Hospital through the generosity of Kohl’s Cares