WELLINGTON, Fla. — It's a day of learning combined with a day of fun and by the end of it, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and the Autism community hope to have built an important relationship.
The weather couldn't be more perfect to make a new friend at the Wellington Community Center. Josh Horton took advantage of it.
He's one of three-and-a-half million Americans who live with Autism everyday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He's also one of several in Wellington getting a chance to connect with local law enforcement.
"We're hoping by having fun today, together, us and the Autism community, we end up having an opportunity to get to know each other," said Rolando Silva, District Commander for PBSO.
It's an event parents, like Josh’s mom, Patricia Moore, really appreciate.
"Lets say he was out somewhere and a police officer tells him to do something, he may not understand that," she said. Moore' grandson, is also on the spectrum.
"We thought it'd be a nice day and see if we can get some extra information, to help my daughter because he's just been newly diagnosed." There was a lot to do on Sunday, from bounce houses and games and even a petting zoo. Most importantly., it was all about learning.
"We can get to know each other on a deeper," Commander Silva said. "It is on us as law enforcement to take those steps."