Back to school: Walmart adding sensory-friendly hours across the country

Back-to-school shopping has already started at stores across the country, but this year, Walmart announced that they are adding “sensory-friendly” hours nationwide.

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In a news release, Walmart said they are creating a more inclusive shopping experience this back-to-school shopping season by adding sensory-friendly hours. These hours are set up to be quieter so that customers who have sensory disabilities can buy items for school in an environment that makes them feel safer.

Lights will be dimmed, radios will be turned off and moving images on screens will be changed to show still images, according to

The sensory-friendly hours are scheduled for Saturdays from July to August from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in most Walmart stores. Areas that start school after the Labor Day holiday will start having sensory-friendly hours on July 22.

“We are striving every day to create a culture where everyone feels they belong,” Walmart said.

To see if your local Walmart is participating in sensory-friendly hours, visit their website or call your store.

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