Halloween can be a challenge for the families of children with special needs. Many Halloween events are not designed to be comfortable for children who have issues with loud noises or flashing lights; others are not equipped to deal with wheelchairs and other assistive devices.
That’s why Include Ozarks held a Sensory-Safe Trick-or-Treat event for area families who have children with special needs on Saturday at Springfield’s Shrine Mosque.
Over 600 children, families and volunteers came together for games, activities, and candy. The children not only were given candy through trick-or-treating but also had the opportunity to receive small toys donated by a number of sponsors.
The kids attending the event also had the chance to get photos taken with their favorite superheroes courtesy of the area DC Unlimited Cosplay organization.
Include Ozarks is a local organization providing resources, support, and education to families of children with special needs. They also have partners who work with families in audiology, music therapy, and autism diagnostic testing.
The group also hosts family support education and support groups. If you or a family you know could benefit from the services of Include Ozarks, contact them through their website.
(Headline photo courtesy Include Ozarks.)