Parents bring Autism Awareness to Trick-or-Treaters


Some parents that have children with autism, want people to be aware of the struggles their children may face when out trick or treating.

Mary has a 28 year old son with autism and says she doesn’t want people to think her son is rude.

“They’re not going to say trick or treat, they’re not going to say thank you, if they run up, they tend to bolt, then grab what they can get then take off, so they look like they’re not..well mannered, um but it’s just because they’re over stimulated and fearful,” said Mid-Michigan Autism Association Treasurer Mary Opsommer.

Parents also say that no matter what age their child is, they will still have autism and to understand if a trick or treater isn’t a kid, there may be a reason why.

“They’re there because they want to enjoy trick or treating, maybe look older but their cognitive age may be you know younger so people just need to be patient,” said Mid-Michigan Autism Assocation Secretary Cathy Blatnik. Cathy also has a 14 year old son that has autism.

A Facebook post went viral in the last week about bringing awareness to neighbors about their child with autism by having them carry a blue trick or treat basket. Something that parents are saying is a good way to start having people understand.

“What a great idea, what a great concept to kind of take forward from here, so that if you see that blue bucket, you’re probably going to see an adult, and understand some sensitivity,” said Opsommer.

If you see someone out with a blue trick or treat basket, parents may want you aware of their child.

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