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Fences Mean Freedom for Kids with Autism

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Lynchburg, VA - Two organizations--LACIL and Charlie's Place are asking for supplies and donations to build fences for children with Autism.

BJ Henderson is waiting for one so he doesn't have to worry when his son plays alone outside.

"In all reality, if we let him go out in the woods, he would probably just go exploring and not come back," Henderson said.

The street in front of their house poses another hazard.

"He walks right on into the road and several years ago speed bumps were installed, but they're not real high and people fly out of the neighborhood."

Children with Autism have a hard time understanding boundaries and because parents find it's too dangerous to let them spend much time outside, they say fences are more about freedom.

Like Liam, both of Rachel Perdue's sons have autism. She knows what it's like to worry when your kids have no fear. Then a year and a half ago, volunteers from Charlie's Place built her family a fence with donated supplies.

"When they talked to us about it and we saw those materials come, I mean, the heavens opened for us," she said. "It was just a wonderful, wonderful gift."

A gift of peace of mind, she'd like Liam's family to have.

"For other moms to not stress about it either…these kids need to grow and get some exercise and enjoy their childhood outdoors."

Heather Sweitzer works for LACIL and volunteers for Charlie's Place. She says there are at least 10 families in Central Virginia waiting for the fences that can cost thousands of dollars to install. If you're interested in donating either supplies or money, email her at heather@charliesplaceva.org, or phil@lacil.org.

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