Charlotte and Charleston Sensor Santa With The Autism Strong Foundation
For families in the autism community, a simple task like going to see Santa at the mall can be scary, so many look for a sensory Santa. As an autism mom myself, I remember contemplating if the risk was worth the reward. Feeling judgy eyes from onlookers who have no idea your child’s situation can be intimidating and infuriating. That is why I feel so strongly about supporting other families who are going through a diagnosis or struggling in social situations.
Why it’s important.
Supporting the autism community is important for several reasons. First and foremost, autism is a neurological condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and those individuals deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, and inclusion. By supporting the autism community and making them feel welcome and safe doing typical tasks, we can help reduce the stigma and discrimination that autistic individuals often face.
Additionally, supporting the autism community can lead to greater awareness and understanding of the condition, which can help improve access to resources and services. This can include early intervention programs, specialized education and therapies, and employment opportunities that can help autistic individuals live fulfilling and meaningful lives.
That is why I am proud to see the Autism Strong Foundation offering Sensory Santa timeslots for the community. This past Sunday, Autism Strong and The Magic Canvas hosted an event where families in the autism community could bring their children for a private meet and greet with Santa. This provided the children extra time to warm up to Santa in a quiet environment. A professional photographer was there to provide digital photos, snacks, hot chocolate, and crafts for the children and their siblings. They all also got to take home a goodie bag!
If you missed this year’s annual event in Charlotte, be sure to follow the Autism Strong Foundation on Instagram for event updates throughout the year for more opportunities.
Are there more Sensory Santa Events?
If you are local to Charleston, mark your calendar for December 3rd because, for the first time ever, the Autism Strong Foundation will be offering the Sensory Friendly Santa Photos in CHARLESTON, South Carolina, from 10 am-4 pm in North Charleston! You can sign up for your time slot here!
By embracing and supporting the autism community, we can create a more diverse and inclusive society that celebrates the strengths and abilities of all individuals, regardless of their differences, especially during the holiday season when so many struggle.