Autism Services Organization Hosts Pool Party in Killeen | Local News

Over 200 children with special needs enjoyed a pool party just for them last Saturday in Killeen. True ABA, the organization that organized the event hopes to make the Summer Splash Bash an annual event, according to True ABA’s Kehri Jones.

The pool party was held at the Family Aquatics Center at Lions Club Park.

“We wanted to give everyone a real summertime hobby in Texas,” Jones said via email Thursday.

Jones explained that some of the attendees last Saturday were neurodiverse.

“Of these 230, we estimated that approximately 75 neurodiverse people were able to attend with their siblings and parents/guardians,” she said.

The word neurodiversity refers to the diversity of all people, but is often used in the context of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), as well as other neurological or developmental conditions such as ADHD or learning disabilities, according to Harvard Medical School.

A participant of the pool party particularly appreciated the event.

“It’s so relieving to be in an environment where everyone understands and there’s no judgment,” the participant said.

During the event, two local vendors offered prizes for raffles, and the Dominos in Copperas Cove and Fort Hood Street provided pizza.

True ABA provides quality service to families and works to create a positive community.

“We believe it takes a village to raise and support a child, and we want to help empower our families and the community they live in,” Jones said. “We want to create a community of acceptance and inclusion, and we believe we can achieve that by continuing to offer events that welcome families of all abilities.”

True ABA sponsors quarterly events for children with special needs.

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