Ribbon Cutting for ‘An Autastic Dream’ Sensory Resource and Activity Center in Farmville

FARMVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Pitt County has a new place where young people with unique abilities are celebrated.

The public gathered on for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for ‘An Autastic Dream’ Sensory Resource and Activity Center in Farmville.

Owner Ashanti Williams says it was easy to come up with the name.

“My son has Autism and he says that they are all unique and fantastic, so we took Autism and fantastic and we put it together and made Autastic. Being that it was a dream for the both of us, we were like, ‘An Autastic Dream’ fits,” says Williams.

Williams says the new establishment, located on North Main Street, represents the first Autism resource business of its kind in the community.

Her mission is to educate the public on Autism and to break down barriers in communication.

“Try to keep a good distance, do not try to be overwhelming loud with them. Although some of them may seem to be loud on their own, hearing other people yell at them or come at them really fast can be challenging. Talk with them, talk everything out before you do it with them”, says Williams.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately one in 54 children in the United States are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Ziggy Williams has a message for his favorite celebrities — Elizabeth Banks and Steve Harvey — just in case they are watching.

“Donate to Autastic Dream…and you can buy my book at Lulu or amazon.com,” says Williams.

For more information, visit ‘An Autastic Dream’ on Facebook and Instagram.

Williams says parents can register their children with Autism or unique abilities for their inclusive summer camp from June 17th to August 9th.