A Shoprite store in Philadelphia making headlines by introducing its first autism-friendly checkout lane. The concept of a sensory-friendly check out lane was initiated when a customer, whose 5 year old daughter is on the autism spectrum, urged retailers to to create a lane more suited for individuals with special needs. Instead of the usual displays of candy and sugary foods, the new checkout lanes are stocked with toys, stress balls, and a variety of other sensory-friendly items.
Store director, Paul Kourtis, agrees that it's a step in the right direction for the retail community. "Even if you don’t have a child who is autistic, everybody knows a child who is. Anything to provide our customers with a safe and friendly shopping experience, I say let’s do it.” Click HERE to read more.