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Red Sox lend a hand for autism awareness

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 26, 2013 06:10 PM

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As part of Major League Baseball recognizing Autism Awareness Month, the Red Sox on Sunday will provide extra accommodations for families affected by autism.

During pregame ceremonies, children on the autism spectrum will act as honorary bat kids and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The club worked with the New England Chapter of Autism Speaks and executive director Russ Kenn to provide families with tickets to the game and information about what they can expect and how to prepare. The club is also designating the new Champions Club, located behind right field, as a “quiet zone” for children with sensory issues.

“For many families in the autism community, the simple activities that typical families are able to participate in seem out of reach,” said Red Sox vice president Larry Cancro, the chairman of the board of the New England Chapter of Autism Speaks. “With the Red Sox’ help, families dealing with autism can enjoy Fenway Park the way other New England families do.”

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