Embracing Neurodiversity: A thoughtful shopping experience

by Anna Spoore October 31, 2023 1 Comment

Embracing Neurodiversity: A thoughtful shopping experience

In my journey, I've learned to embrace my dyslexia, even though it once posed challenges, especially during my school days. Those spelling mistakes on social media can be embarrassing, and missing out on my desired university course was disheartening. Yet, through these struggles, I've discovered the incredible strength within my neurodiversity. I perceive the world differently, feeling deeply and noticing nuances that others might overlook. My ability to read a room, solve problems swiftly, and process information uniquely has proven invaluable in my role as a small business owner.
Having experienced the challenges of living with a disability, I am passionate about creating a world where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can thrive. This passion is at the core of Uplift Fair Trade, where we offer products made by individuals affected by disabilities, aiming to provide them with opportunities. Understanding the overwhelm that sensory overload can cause, I strive to make Uplift Fair Trade a haven. We've reimagined the shopping experience, ensuring it's inclusive, interactive, and enriching, rather than overwhelming.
Recently, my partner and I celebrated our anniversary at a bustling restaurant, a beautiful gesture that overwhelmed my senses. Similar sensations arise in crowded shopping centers, especially since my awareness of Fair Trade and supply chains has deepened. I often find myself empathizing with the individuals who might have been exploited in the creation of the products I see. This heightened sensitivity led me to transform the shopping experience at Uplift Fair Trade.
At our Emu Plains pop-up shop, we invite you to shop your own way. You can book a private appointment, alone or with friends, and tailor your experience according to your preferences. Whether you prefer silence or music, need a break in our cozy lounge areas, or desire assistance in selecting products, we accommodate your needs. Our space is wheelchair accessible, with convenient parking and a disabled-friendly restroom, because true accessibility means considering every person.
Join us in redefining how we shop and source products. Let's celebrate the beauty of neurodiversity and create a world where everyone feels valued and included, one purchase at a time. Thank you for being a part of this transformative journey.
Email to book your "shop your own way" appointment today with me (Anna). anna@upliftfairtrade.com.au or text 0425 436 423
The entrance to a bright Fair Trade shop with a specials rack out the front and a cool chair hammock hanging

Anna Spoore
Anna Spoore


1 Response

Carolyn Cowling
Carolyn Cowling

November 04, 2023

Love this initiative and thoughtful approach. Great blog on the topic.

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