Malls Across The U.S. Are Opening Early For Kids With Autism!

By Rachel Damelio

December 16, 2019

Malls across America, children are lining up to meet Santa this Holiday season. For most families, it's a holiday tradition! If you've been to a mall lately, you'll realize that they are becoming more and more crowded as it gets closer to the Holiday.

Sometimes, it can be a little hectic and crazy! Loud sounds and bright lights can also be overwhelming for children with autism. That's why two organizations have teamed up to create a soothing environment for visiting Santa.

The nonprofit Autism Speaks and Cherry Hill Programs are holding "Santa Cares" days in malls all across the country. The malls will open early for these events so it will be less overwhelming. The lights won't be as bright and the music will also be lowered, allowing children to visit Santa in a calm setting.

Santa will make sure each child is comfortable during the photo-op. The Vice President of Services at Autism Speaks stated "Our goal is to create a more inclusive world for people with autism, and events like this make such a meaningful impact in helping families feel comfortable, understood and accepted."

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