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Target and Jack's Place for Autism Foundation partner to offer a 'Quiet Shopping' experience - Dearborn Press and Guide

Christmas shopping with young children can be fun, but for Michigan families with individuals on the autism spectrum, it can also be difficult.

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Jack’s Place for Autism Foundation and the Clinton Township Target have teamed up to host a “Quiet Shopping” experience from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Dec. 2.

According to Jack’s Place, it’s the first event of its kind in the state of Michigan.

“With holiday shopping becoming more of an issue, we’ve been thinking of a way to make this a nonissue for families impacted by autism,” says Jennie Spring, community outreach director for Jack’s Place for Autism Foundation. “Seeing the success of Target’s Quiet Shopping events elsewhere in the country, it became apparent that this was the best way to provide families and individuals affected by autism a good shopping experience.”

Quiet Shopping is designed to provide individuals and their families affected by autism with a sensory-friendly shopping experience. During these hours, store lights will be dimmed, music will be played at a low volume and because it is happening before the store opens to the general public, foot traffic will be significantly reduced.

Stacy Bacon, store team leader at the Clinton Township Target is excited about her store being able to make a difference in people’s lives.

“When I was approached about opening the store a couple of hours early so that we could make accommodations for families affected by autism, I immediately embraced the idea,” she says. “This holiday season is all about bringing joy to our guests.”

There is no entrance fee, but registration is required at jacksplaceforautism.com.

During the event, Quiet Shoppers will be able to take part in a raffle drawing for gift items. Parents will be happy to know the in-store Starbucks and Target Café will also be open during the event.

• The Clinton Township Target is at 33860 S. Gratiot Ave., Clinton Township. For more information visit jacksplaceforautism.org.

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