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Kobe's Hosts Autism Fundraiser

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It wasn't your typical evening at Kobe's restaurant.

"They come in, and they fill up the entire grills," says Kobe's restaurant general manager Kiky Rizky

The Japanese steakhouse closed the entire hibachi side of the restaurant and made dinner, on-the-house, for families of kids with autism. 

Now, with the condition comes the risk of outbursts and temper tantrums, so taking kids into public isn't always easy. That's why nights like these are so special for families. 

"My heart is happy. My heart is ready to bust wide open," says Sherris Richards, mother of a daughter who suffers from autism. "To see the families that have come out with their children to experience something that they probably never have done before."

Autism is a developmental disorder, and it usually appears in the first three years of life.

"She was not looking at us when we would call her name," says Richards. "At one time she was and then she stopped. And she was not playing with her toys appropriately, and her sleeping habits were really off."

Autism affects the brain's development of social and communication skills. And parents say having a child with the condition can be extremely challenging. 

"We have to take her to therapy at least twice a week. She has out-patient therapy," says Richards. "We've had to change some things in our home, and we have to put schedules all over the place."

It's no easy task having a child with autism, but nights like these give kids and their families a chance to experience something together that they'll never forget. 



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