Make this Halloween Autism-Friendly!
Many parents have shared that their children with autism love Halloween, but are often faced with challenges during the common traditions. Non-verbal children may be expected to say “trick or treat” at every door, others may be looked at as being “too old” to be collecting candy.
So, some parents, like #autismmoms like Omairis Taylor and Alicia Plumer, have initiated grassroots action to have blue candy buckets signal that a trick-or-treater is on the autism spectrum. Others suggest handing candy-givers a card that identifies their children as being on spectrum and potentially in need of special considerations. Inspired by these parents trying to affect change in their communities, the Jake’s House team is happy to share their message, and is supportive of any initiatives that feed greater autism awareness and understanding.
This October 31st, we encourage everyone to be mindful of those who may enjoy the Halloween experience differently, and be understanding of their special needs. Keep an eye out for the blue pumpkins, recognize what autism ID cards may mean, and celebrate with an open mind and heart–together, we can make this Halloween more inclusive and fun for everyone.
Happy Halloween, #JakesHouseFam!