For 12-year-old Brandan Roache, learning at school was challenging. Loud noises would disrupt his learning experience.
“When I was in elementary school there were zero tools for autism. Zero,” Roache said. “None what so ever so I just had to deal with it.”
He said he hopes other children with autism do not have to go through the challenges and struggles he faced.
Now the former Cohen Elementary student wants to bring a new room to the school that would eliminate the loud noises and accommodates other autistic children.
It is called a sensory-friendly room. It is not only a personal project but also to help him achieve Eagle Scout status with the Boy Scouts.
$15,000 is being raised to make the sensory-friendly room a dream come true, and the community is not letting him down.
“I think that means that they really care about their city and that they only want the best for it,” Roache said, “and that they really understand the fact that disabilities should be addressed.”
$595 was raised through a GoFundMe page for the room. Hilliard Corporation donated an additional $500 on top of that.
Brandan will give a presentation on his project to the Elmira Heights Board of Education this Wednesday. That meeting will be at Thomas A. Edison High School at 7 p.m.
If you would like to help out, you can visit the GoFundMe page set up for the room.