Silent Santa event at mall for spe­cial needs chil­dren

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The Con­fed­er­a­tion Court Mall will have a spe­cial hour this hol­i­day sea­son ded­i­cated to Silent Santa. From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Sun­day, Dec. 9, the mall will shut off the mu­sic, dim the lights and keep the noise level to a min­i­mum in or­der to ac­com­mo­date chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

Santa will be ar­riv­ing an hour early, just as the mall opens, so chil­dren with spe­cial needs have the op­por­tu­nity to visit him in a quiet set­ting.

Nathalie Walsh-An­nand, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Autism So­ci­ety of P.E.I., said the so­ci­ety’s “thrilled” the mall has taken this ini­tia­tive.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate Is­land busi­nesses in­cor­po­rat­ing the needs of in­di­vid­u­als with autism and cre­at­ing in­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ences.”

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