Autistic 'Birthday Lawn Bandit' Surprises Kids in Quarantine

Kimberly Zapata
Birthday Lawn Bandit, a young white autistic boy sitting cross-legged on a driveway
Birthday Lawn Bandit, a young white autistic boy sitting cross-legged on a driveway

What to know: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of children have celebrated their birthdays at home, but Nicky Christopher is making sure these occasions do not go by unnoticed. The 12-year-old, who is on the autism spectrum, created “Birthday Lawn Bandit,” a Pennsylvania-based party business to help spread joy and sunshine in his community. He rolls up with custom decorations to deck out the front lawn of kids celebrating birthdays or graduations.

It’s all about making a difference in the world that we live in today. — Nicky Christopher, ABC-6

Posted by Birthday Lawn Bandit on Monday, June 15, 2020

The Frontlines: Millions of children are on the spectrum, but work opportunities once they grow up are still difficult to find. 

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A Mighty Voice: Our contributor, Peter Craig-McFeely, shared what it was like finding a job as an autistic person. “Some employers like people who fit within the corporate box, often just like themselves. Have you ever tried to squeeze yourself into someone else’s box? They are restrictive, uncomfortable and generally fit someone else better than you. This is what it feels like working in a place that does not take into account an autistic person’s needs.” You can submit your first person story, too.

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Other things to know: For more information about what it’s like living on the spectrum, check out these Mighty articles:

More helpful thinking: You can learn more about Christopher’s Birthday Lawn Bandit on Facebook here. And if you’re local, ABC-6 reported the family relies on donations to keep the business affordable.

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