Philly Zoo Provides Day Of Fun, Support For People With Autism

Kimberly Adams
April 08, 2018 - 2:54 pm
Philly Zoo Autism Awareness Day

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- April is Autism Awareness Month. And on Sunday, the Philadelphia Zoo was the backdrop for a huge celebration.

"I'm gonna meet Tigger today."

Thirty-two-year-old Ben Kofsky was excited about hanging out with Winnie the Pooh. Ben joined hundreds of others who took part in the 18th Annual Autism Awareness Day at the zoo, an event designed to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion.

"It's a chance for people to realize all the great strengths of people with autism," said Autism Society President Patti Erickson.

The day was filled with interactive games, painting, movies, Stars Wars characters, the Phillie Phanatic and, of course, the animals.

Philly Zoo Autism Awareness Day
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"I saw alligators."

Eight-year-old Noah Bishop is very withdrawn, and his mom, Mya, says this event was important for them.

"To show him to not be afraid and just be surrounded by other people who are more like him," she said.

Mya says Noah enjoyed the day so much, he's eager for next year's event at the zoo.