Autism Awareness - Special Olympics

By: Kimberly Burcham Email
By: Kimberly Burcham Email

Autism affects 1 in 150 people, but it can often leave those with the developmental disability feeling different from everybody else.

We went on a trip to the Special Olympics, where everybody fits in.

James Allen has autism and his mother says, it wasn't always easy for him to socialize and get involved in extra curricular activities.

The other kids at school didn't always understand why he was so uncomfortable with change, or why he didn't talk so clearly, but since he started competing in the Special Olympics 4 years ago-- this 24 year old finally feels like he belongs.

“It is so exciting because he just absolutely, he loves doing this and it's one of the best things that's ever happened to him,” Jackie Allen said.

“They need the show of support, they need to feel like they're part of everything. They need to feel like they can compete in activities just as well as anybody else can,” Cindy Hackworth said.

“If it doesn't move you, then you really need to re-look at your heart,” Hackworth said.

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