December 21, 2011
Ben Borre, 10, of West Hartford, Conn., sits with an autism-friendly Santa Claus, Ray Lepak, on Dec. 11, who is also Ben’s grandfather.
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Visiting the mall to share Christmas wishes with Santa has never been part of Ben Borre’s childhood, a sad but necessary concession to the autism that would make the noise, lights and crowds an unbearable torment for the 10-year-old.
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