I thought I’d share this great information I received about the Caring Bunny who will be available for special needs:
It’s common to see children lining up in the malls to sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap — and just as common to hear the loud children’s music, bright lights and busy set that add to the excitement for the children. But for many children with special needs, especially kids with Autism, this sensory overload can worsen their conditions.
Caring Bunny is hopping into Orland Square Mall for children with special needs and their families on Sunday April 1, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event will be held prior to mall opening, so that accommodations can be made to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of all guests.
Caring Bunny is a joint program developed by The Noerr Programs,, the digital imaging company that provides the Bunny Photo Experience for malls nationwide and AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community.
For children with a variety of special needs, standing in line, bright flashes, crowds and sounds can create major disturbances and distractions. “We take great care in making sure our photo setting is conducive to all abilities, to allow these families to participate in a heartwarming tradition that so many take for granted,” said Judy Noerr, CEO of The Noerr Programs. “It’s very rewarding to see the number of siblings who attend, many for the first time. It’s just as much for them, as it is for their brother or sister with special needs,” notes Noerr.
“We are honored to host the Caring Bunny Experience,” said Gayle Gleespen, Director of Mall Marketing and Business Development. “Guests will listen to social stories that explain and anticipate the actions involved during their Bunny visit, then engage in coloring and other activities while they wait for their number to be called for their magical visit.”
The Caring Bunny takes place on Sunday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. RSVP’s are requested at www.abilitypath.org.
Do you know of any great events for children with special needs and their families? I’d love to hear about them and share them here on Toddling Around Chicagoland.