“Oscar always wants to play with our neighbors, but they aren’t very nice to him. It’s sad because when I was a kid I played with our neighbors all the time and he doesn’t have that,” says Rosie Delcid, a senior at Highline High School.
Eight year old Oscar is Rosie’s younger brother who she describes as hyper and funny. “I love him so, so much.”
Rosie is one of four children and lives with her mom, dad, one of her older sisters and her brother Oscar. Oscar has autism. Oscar is the reason Rosie has organized an event at the Burien Library called Autism Connections.
Autism Connections will be held 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, March 11 at the Burien branch of the King County Library System. The event will bring together children on the spectrum with a group of trained high school volunteers for a fun evening of socializing, game-playing and interacting.
“I thought of the idea because Oscar has an easier time making friends with my friends than with kids his own age. Kids always want to hang out with older kids.”
The event is completely free to attendees and snacks will be provided. The one request is that parents accompany their child.
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Rosie’s hopes for the future are to attend Washington State University, study zoology and later obtain a PhD in child psychology and someday work at Seattle Children’s Autism Center.
“If the event is a success, I want to find an apprentice that can take it over when I go to college.”