Local nonprofit brings Santa to those with special needs

Families with special needs recently had their own special day with Santa. Ability Connection, a nonprofit that helps those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, hosted its first Sensory Santa event. More than 50 families came out for an experience that many thought might never be possible.

Visiting Santa can sometimes be overwhelming for those who have special needs. The Santa at this event was specifically trained to work with youngsters on the autism spectrum.

One attendee noted that she had been trying to get a picture of her child with Santa for seven years.  She said that she was thrilled to find a unique environment where she could finally get that chance.

After visiting Santa, attendees were invited to participate in crafts and games as well as learn more about what Ability Connection has to offer. The Sensory Santa event proved to be so popular that organizers are already considering hosting similar events for future holidays.

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