We are pleased to introduce you to the amazing men and women who will serve as our truck hosts. Just as every person God creates, these special friends all have their unique special abilities about them. Check out their bio’s below and be sure to look out for them on the next route!
Eric AKA “E-DOG” from Philadelphia, PA
Eric is 16 years old and has a smile that will melt your heart! Eric communicates using pictures, loves wearing his headphones, and will rarely be seen without a rubber band in his hand. He has the most contagious laugh you’ll ever hear! When you meet Eric, feel free to say “Hi” or “Good to see you Eric!”. Even though he may not be able to respond to you, know that he hears you just fine! Eric gives free fist bumps all day too, so feel free to reach up!
Often for individuals with Autism who are non-verbal a good tip when meeting them is to NOT ask open ended questions like “Hey Eric, how are you today?”, rather “Hey Eric, it’s good to see you, I hope you’re day is going great!” or “GO EAGLES!!”
James from The Woodlands, TX
James is 17 years old and attends The Woodlands High School. James communicates using written words and pictures. He loves riding his bike with his family on the trails, being out in the community, and listening to pop music. James has very limited verbal communication but feel free to say “Hi.” He may not be able to respond back but he hears you and understands. Some of James’s favorite things to learn include productive work skills and ways to contribute to his family life at home.
Did you know that individuals on the spectrum often LIKE working? The sense of accomplishment and purpose fulfills the desire to be valued and a part of something more than just oneself. Be sure to take a moment to realize when you meet one of our hosts that working means much more to them and their families than may meet the eye.
Daniel from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Daniel is 16 years old and has hands down one of the best memories you will ever witness! Just ask him the rotten tomatoes rating of ANY MOVIE EVER and watch him rattle of the answer like no ones business! Daniel loves giving a good old thumbs up and communicates verbally. He loves playing baseball and enjoys the outdoors.
Many people with Autism have high IQ’s but can be socially a little uncomfortable. Finding opportunities to highlight their strengths by talking about what they know all about helps bring them out of their shell!
Sebastian AKA “Sebi” from Cambridge, England
Sebi is 17 years old and is the biggest teddy bear you’ll ever meet. Always smiling, Sebi can light up a room and loves babies! He’s a gentle giant and is sure to warm your heart with his innocence and ability to bring joy wherever he goes! Sebi communicates verbally and is always willing to help!
If you take the time to get to know someone with Autism, you may find that they bring out the best in you.. That they show you what is important in life.. and that the smallest gestures of kindness can make all the difference in a persons day.
Christian AKA “Buzz” from The Woodlands, TX
Christian aka Buzz is 19 years old and he will mesmerize you with his contagious smile and facial expressions . Christian has a love for books and has one in hand every day! He enjoys Disney movies and can quote just about any line at any given time. He is like a ray of sunshine and shines wherever he goes so don’t be surprised if shows you some “love” i.e. “HUGS! ❤️
Jace from Houston, TX
Jace is 15 years old and as handsome as they come! He loves playing baseball, playing with his dog and jumping on his trampoline. The way to Jaces’ heart?? Pizza of course! Jace communicates verbally and looks forward to saying hello to you!
Luis from Houston, TX
Luis loves music and making necklaces with beads. He Is happy to speak to you in English or Spanish. Luis is learning how to follow a conversation. Luis responds well to friendly interactions and short directions. Luis has autism and an intellectual disability. He graduated from Oak Ridge High School. Luis is excited about learning the skills he needs to obtain and keep a job!