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EDMOND, Okla. – When it comes to visiting Santa, it can be an exciting time for many children.

For children on the autism spectrum, those visits may not happen.

The Edmond ACI Learning Center is offering free photos with “Autism Friendly Santa” and family activities on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“All kids deserve a chance to tell Santa what they want for Christmas, and we’re excited to offer this free opportunity to families of children with autism spectrum disorders, challenging behaviors and other disabilities who find the typical mall Santa experience upsetting,” said Melissa Schissler, regional director of ACI Learning Centers.

Santa at ACI is trained in working with children living with disorders so families can enjoy the event.

Siblings of children on the spectrum are also welcome to visit Santa.

Edmond ACI Learning Center is located at 600 W. 18th St. in Edmond.

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