A Little Town
By Aliyah Rich
Austin, Minnesota is a small yet ordinary town but this little town has provided a way to have their community to be a welcoming yet comforting place to live, work , shop towards anyone who has autism. In this town there are many people who helps give services towards who have disabilities. Samuel Ehret is is the official ambassador of The Spam Museum in Austin who has autism himself who works in museum to help others learn more about spam. Mary Barinka, an employee of the nonprofit Hormel Historic Home, where she serves as an autism resource liaison for Austin .And as the mother of a 16-year-old daughter with autism. As the others who help like Jackson Schara has been to dentist Catherine Guy a number of times, and his first visit was so surprisingly comfortable that he made a YouTube video explaining why other people with the condition shouldn’t be afraid to go to an autism-friendly dentist. As well as Fifteen businesses Owners who allow their town to have Autism- Friendly businesses make an effort to minimize sensory overstimulation — lowering lights, turning down or eliminating loud music, and shielding the individual from others’ cross talk. Austin, with a population of 26,000, is the kind of place that still has a video store, where the one coffee shop in town is called “The Coffee Shop,” and a yellow traffic sign near a nursing home carries the warning “Dear Crossing.” The value of these autism-friendly efforts is incalculable, families say, because it not only makes the lives of those living with autism easier, it also allows them to have experiences that those without autism have routinely. Best of all, they are lessons in communication, one of the chief skills that many children with autism must work especially hard to develop.