The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment partnered with the Mason Eye Institute to provide vision screenings to seven children with autism. Prescription glasses were also provided at no cost to those that needed them. This event was made possible by through sponsorship from the Healthy Vision Association.
Eye exams can be particularly challenging for autistic children. The unfamiliar procedures and deviation from routine can be distressing. The sensory experience of the exam itself is unpleasant for many people, but particularly so for those with sensitivities. Providers at the Mason Eye Institute have received training through the Thompson Center’s Autism Friendly Business program which prepared them with best practices for welcoming and supporting patients with autism.
Keep an eye out for information about more events like this in the coming months!