Family goes door-to-door, raising awareness about autism

Photo Credit: KLFY
Photo Credit: KLFY

GRAND MARAIS, La. (KLFY) – In the Grand Marais neighborhood in Iberia Parish, one family has gone up and down the streets, passing out information on how to best protect one little resident who lives there.

Bryson Olivier is 9-years-old and has autism. His father Ben Olivier says he’ll do anything to protect him.

“It’s sad to say this had to happen to open up my eyes and other people’s eyes,” Ben Olivier said.

After hearing news over the weekend of a Keaton Jones, a 6-year-old boy with autism, who died after running away from his home in Youngsville, Ben Olivier knew he had to do something for Bryson.

Olivier began passing out about 100 flyers Monday night to his neighbors to let them know he has a son with autism and what to do if they ever saw him out alone.

“This is a small community but most of the people know, but some may not. You just never know. It just opens your eyes. You hear of things but never so close to home,” Cherie Olivier said, mother of Bryson.

“We just hope this here can help inspire other parents across the country to help bring awareness and starting something as simple as this,” Ben Olivier said.

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