Autism Eats is hosting a dinner for families with autistic children at Andolini’s Restaurant on Essex Street in Andover on Monday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Unfortunately, for those who have a child with autism dining out can be anxiety provoking and stressful. Autism Eats was created to bring the fun back to eating out. Dinner parties are held in private rooms of restaurants or function facilities. Food is served buffet or family style so there is no waiting. Music and lighting are adjusted to accommodate those with sensory sensitivity. These are family dinners and all attending have a loved one on the spectrum so there is no need to apologize, explain or feel uncomfortable. It is an opportunity to enjoy a night out and socialize with others who have many of the same joys and challenges in common, according to organiser Lenard Zohn of Andover.
Earlier this month, Autism Eats was honored and recognized at the Massachusetts State House as part of National Caregiver Month.
“We were recognized as a leader in innovative respite care and for our efforts to make our community more inclusive and comfortable for all. It was a very exciting day and we look forward to growing our program and bringing more families together to enjoy one another’s company at restaurant dinners,” Zohn wrote in an email.
For dinner tickets and more information, see www.autismeats.org.