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On Sunday, November 25 Autism Speaks in conjunction with Macy’s Herald Square had an autism friendly photo with Santa. The store opened 2 hours early for Autism Speaks families. Here is a post written by one mother whose family participated. Find out more on her blog, 'The Bipolar Bible.'

You all know I rarely get out of the house with three kids, let alone have an outing where my kids have to dress up. But Thanks to Autism Speaks, my kids got a chance to meet Santa at Macy's Santa Land. Vivi and Lee would never have gotten a chance to meet Santa if it had not been for this once in a lifetime opportunity Autism Speaks gave us.

We got to meet with Santa before Macy's opened, so no lines and quality time with Santa. No crying or screaming because the line is too long and they are getting anxious. My daughter is known for her panic attacks, as is my son. The day before my wife and I went through all the kids clothes looking for something nice enough to take photos in. We couldn't afford to buy anything new obviously, with a family of nine supported by SSI alone- and barely surviving. Luckily we found a shirt and sweater vest for Lee that was given to us a few months before. We get hand-me-downs and cherish them. Without them my kids would have no clothes! For Vivi we found a dressy summer shirt she never got a chance to wear,leggings and a black skirt- all hand-me-downs. We were not able to bring Lula. My best friend lent me her car (thank goodness) for the day so we could make it to this event. I can't take my kids on public transportation, they freak out- too noisy,too many strangers and too long a ride. They'd be screaming before they even got to Macy's.

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