Autistic young adults worried about saving Christmas

Posted: Nov 21, 2017 5:30 PM | | PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5)

By Maria Hechanova, Reporter | Read the entire story here.

A group of autistic young adults is worried if they’ll make their holiday deadline.

They’ve been tasked to build Hacienda HealthCare’s large outdoor Christmas décor display from scratch.

The group is part of a paid vocational program at Hacienda HealthCare, a facility in south Phoenix that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“We’ve decided to make a Hawaiian Christmas,” said Garrett Porterfield, a young adult living with autism. So far, they’ve built tiki torches and hula dancers out of large Styrofoam boards and connected them on custom-cut wooden stands.

The group was using TechShop to make all these decorations, but since TechShop filed for bankruptcy and suddenly shut its doors, the group is scrambling to figure out how they’re going to make their deadline.

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