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Dallas Zoo Holds Special Day for Families Affected by Autism

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DALLAS — For the Andrus family, taking their seven-year-old son  to the zoo isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

“It is hard to find community events for us to do that aren’t specifically thrown by us, you know, by our support groups and therapy centers and stuff,” said Kelly Andrus.

That’s because their son, Bradley, has autism.  Which is why they decided to take advantage of Sensory Friendly Day at the Dallas Zoo, a day specifically geared towards those who have autism so families like the Andress’ can take in the sights, sounds, and even the smells that go along with a visit to the zoo.

“We were able to partner with Texas Women’s University School of Occupational Therapy to be able to provide modifications and special sensory activities for these families,” said Brittany Serna, the education supervisor of early childhood nature learning at the Dallas Zoo.

It’s an event that may go by unnoticed by many, but for others like Bradley, it’s a day they won’t soon forget.

“Everybody’s been super, super sweet and accommodating,” said Andrus. “It’s just been fantastic.”

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