A nonprofit organization based in Texas is working to bring autism awareness to all sorts of companies.
Hunters Autism Specials was created by the parents of an 8 year old boy named Hunter who has Autism Spectrum Disorder. It all began when the devoted parents searched high and low for a flag to hang outside their home, showing support for autism awareness. Many patriotic residents in the U.S. enjoy hanging their country’s flag outside of their home, or one that declares their favorite sports team. So why not have a banner declaring a cause you support too?
When Hunter’s parents could not find this sort of flag anywhere, they decided to create their own. This was the beginning of Hunters Autism Specials, which now has a website where you can purchase your very own “U.S.A.utism” flag. A portion of the proceeds help fund autism research.
The other central tenant of the nonprofit is to connect families with autistic children to businesses that support the cause. Through Hunters Autism Specials, families have access to special services and discounts offered by their partners. Their partners include Top Golf, Dallas Hockey Club, and Oasis at Cedar Creek Lake. Coupons are available to families with children on the autistic spectrum, like one that offers a free appetizer or dessert from Rockfish Seafood Grill.
Hunters Autism Specials also provides reviews for businesses and rates them on autism friendliness. It is their aim to make families aware of businesses that will help make their next outing as fun and stress-free as possible through special accommodations. In their most recent review, the website praises Durkin’s Pizza for waiving their “no outside food” rule, allowing families with autistic children to accommodate their dietary needs.
Included on the Hunter’s Autism Special website is a blog documenting the organization’s progress, including stories about Hunter’s progress, tips for families affected by asd and inspiration for the tough times. A shop is currently under construction as well.