A fixture of malls at Christmastime, Santa Claus is going “sensitive” in more communities across the country, making accommodations to allow kids with special needs to take part.

Shopping centers are offering special times for children with disabilities to meet Santa. They’re opening early to give kids an opportunity to meet the jolly old fellow without battling holiday shopping crowds. And Santa is making a slew of adjustments — such as lowering the lights and the volume of the music — to offer children with autism and other disabilities a less intimidating atmosphere.

Parents say the opportunity to get a photo with Santa is one they could not have without the accommodations. What’s more they say it allows their children one more chance to participate in a community activity like other kids, reports the St. Petersburg Times. To read more click here.

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