Crowded malls, blaring music and bright displays can take their toll on many holiday shoppers, but for many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the simple experience of buying gifts for their loved ones, can be overwhelming. Many are not even able to participate in what is, for most of us, an integral part of the holiday season.
Holiday Shopping Day allows children with ASD to share in the joy of selecting gifts for their family (and their family the joy of receiving them) in a safe and sensory-sensitive environment.
"Way better [than the mall]. One, its not too crowded ... less noisy. You don't have to wait"7 year-old holiday shopper
"He likes the independence of knowing mommy isn't there. He gets to choose for himself"Parent of 9 year-old holiday shopper
"Instead of taking him to the mall and having a bad experience and stress, we do this event."Event organizer