Special needs and autistic children are being given their own day to play at Chuck E. Cheese’s nationwide.
Every first Sunday of the month, Chuck E. Cheese’s will have ‘Sensory Sundays’ for kids with disabilities and autism. The campaign started this year, and the restaurant chain hopes other businesses will follow suit.
“It makes me very proud and I`m glad Chuck E. Cheese’s decided to do this because it gives every kid a chance to come in and enjoy themselves and have fun,” said Greece General Manager Bill Koneski.
Dim lighting, low music and no Chuck E. are put into place to give children the environment to play and have fun.
One of those children is Joe, a 10-year-old who was diagnosed with autism just after his second birthday. His mom says since coming to Sensory Sensitive Sundays, she`s noticed a change.
“It`s nice for him to come here and meet friends that are like him and be able to have everything toned down a little bit,” said parent April Walls. “His appropriateness in public has gotten a lot better and he`s met new friends.”
“I think it`s important for other people to take note and do the same things,” parent Frank Avitabile said.
Avitabile`s 15-year-old Jake has Down syndrome. He hopes his son can inspire others with disabilities to be themselves.
“They bring you so much joy and so much happiness. There`s never a dull moment, that’s for sure,” said Avitabile.
Sensory Sundays are from 9-11 a.m. The next one is scheduled for January 7.