When Raquel Noriega set out to plan a birthday bash for her 2-year-old daughter, Ava, she faced a slight dilemma. Most of the venues she previously scouted didn’t accommodate the needs of children with autism. Ava is on the autism spectrum and, like many children, loud music, flashing lights, and vast crowds are just a few of the factors that affect her level of comfort. Most of these things are almost impossible to avoid at popular kids’ venues.
But instead of feeling discouraged, Raquel was determined to throw her daughter an enjoyable party. She discovered Pixie Dust, a New York venue that customizes activities based on your child’s specific needs. She decided to go beyond renting the space for a few hours and purchased the location to further enhance the services available to special-needs children and their families.
At Pixie Dust, parents can be selective with surrounding noise and lights. Menus are tailored for food sensitivities, and gender-neutral gathering options are available. Children can also participate in a series of sensory activities alongside trained and specialized Pixie Dust staff.
Raquel’s amazing initiative is proof that any parent can find a way to turn a challenge into a success to benefit their kids along with many others.