The Today show recently put out a call for viewers to send them photos of children showing kindness to others. They received all kinds of beautiful photos of kids doing amazing things, but one photo in particular caught their attention and made them want to learn more.
The photo featured a little boy named Gabriel, holding a package of socks that he and his mother were donating to a local VA hospital.
Gabriel is not just kind, he also struggles with non-verbal autism and his life has inspired his mother to volunteer her time advocating for children like Gabriel to be included in community events despite their autism.
She helped launch a swimming program specifically for children with autism, and even helped get special screenings of movies featured for children with autism. These movies are shown at a local theater, and the sound is lowered a little and the lights are kept a little higher so that children who are particularly sensitive to sensory over-stimulation can still enjoy a movie theater experience.
Gabriel is learning a lot of kindness and strength from his mother, and even if he may not be able to tell you how he is feeling, the light in his eyes when he is helping someone makes it obvious that he is a joyful, generous, happy little boy.
If you would like to make a career out of helping children like Gabriel in a role that specializes in supporting autistic children, please contact us. We can connect you to organizations with job openings near you.
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