Families with children who have autism may not always feel welcome at events because their kids could have a sensory overload or get excited and disturb other people there. But SplashDown WaterPark in Virginia recently hosted a party for kids with autism and their families and everyone had fun water sliding, tubing, and splashing in a “judgement-free” space.
The event was organized by Whitney Ellenby, who has a son with autism, has hosted many events over the years with her charity, Autism Ambassadors. She wants families to have fun and not have to worry about every move the kid makes, so she creates a relaxed, compassionate setting to make that happen. “The only rule at my events is no one apologizes for anything,” Ellenby says. “You can flap, bounce, gallop — be as autistic as you want to be.”