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MERLIN BUSINESS HELPING FAMILIES WITH AUTISM

MERLIN BUSINESS HELPING FAMILIES WITH AUTISM

Posted: Jun. 21, 2018 6:17 PM
Updated: Jun. 21, 2018 6:17 PM

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area. one local business is trying to make it easier for those on the spectrum to get out and be social. newswatch 12's mike duffy spoke with the manager of orange torpedo in merlin about what they're doing to be more accessible. [a28]orange torpedo autism-llpkg "summer on the rogue river means fun for the entire family. but orange torpedo wants to make sure everyone has access to the river." to do this, they recently partnered with "pal," a non- profit out of arizona. "pal works with families impacted by autism and other intellectual developmental disabilities by partnering with the places where they want to go and need to go. by creating digital tools to help them prepare for these new away from home experiences. and then digital guides and other resources to support them along the way." simply put, businesses make videos of where they are and what they do for families to watch ahead of time. "they demonstrate that in the video so that people when they go to the events can, they have that expectation so it's not a surprise. and sometimes those surprises can be something really jarring for somebody on the spectrum." erik understands this because of his family. "it's personal to me because my son's autistic. it think its, i'd say its unfortunate that it took having a son who's on the spectrum to recognize the importance of being welcoming to people with neuro-diversity." but organizations like pal means hopefully more businesses and families will understand one another. "a lot of kids who have autism can get overwhelmed when they go out in public. and for a lot of parents that's extremely stressful. and they feel eyeballs watching them if their kiddo gets upset. and so for the public to have understanding or staff at these places to have understanding, that's what we're striving for." "as a business and as a grand culture my hope would saying like you need to fit into our box, we need to break down the box so that everybody fits in it." "so when you're considering what to do with your family this summer, consider supporting businesses that keep everyone in the community in mind. in merlin, mike duffy, newswatch 12." leaders are responding to the crisis at
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