BURTON (WJRT) - (8/27/17) - It was a chance for parents of autistic children to have a unique back-to-school shopping experience at the Burton JCPenney department store.
While attendance was low, staff spirits were high - eager to help assist parents and children with shopping for back to school items early Sunday morning.
The store created a sensory friendly environment for shoppers including modified sound and lighting levels throughout.
It's estimated that one in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder; that makes it one of the fastest growing developmental disorders costing families around $60,000 a year.
Sunday morning's shopping event was meant to ease some of the stresses for both parents and children.
"it kind of touches home for me because my grandson has autism. They don't live in the state but I also know the needs that those children have in their life. I think It's important that we help all kids," said Manager Ginger Curtis.
This isn't the only time JCPenney helps in giving back.
The department store participates in a number of community wide events throughout the year.