Meet Your Hosts

Welcome Aboard!

We are pleased to introduce you to the amazing people who 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!

Meet Eric!

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eric (AKA “E-Dog”) is 18 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!

Special Tip:

When meeting individuals with Autism who are non-verbal, it’s good to avoid asking open ended questions like: “Hey Eric, how are you today?” 

Instead try: “Hey Eric, it’s good to see you. I hope your day is going great!” or “GO EAGLES!!”

Meet James!

Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas

James is 19 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.

Meet Daniel

Hometown: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Daniel is 18 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.

Special Tip:

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!

Meet Sebastian!

Hometown: Cambridge, England

Sebastian (AKA “Sebi”) is 19 years old. He is the biggest teddy bear you will 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 happy to help!

Meet Christian!

Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas

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Christian (AKA Buzz) is 21 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 he spreads warmth wherever he goes. Don’t be surprised if he gives you a great big hug!

Special Tip:

Working means much more to individuals on the spectrum than may meet the eye.  Did you know that they often enjoy working? The sense of accomplishment they get fulfills the innate human desire to be valued and a part of something more than just oneself. 

Meet Jace!

Hometown: Houston, Texas

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!

Meet Luis!

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Luis graduated from Oak Ridge High School. He is bilingual and learning how to follow a conversation, so feel free to use English or Spanish. Luis loves music and making necklaces with beads. With Autism and an Intellectual Disability, Luis responds best to friendly interactions and short directions. Luis is excited about learning the skills he needs to obtain and keep a job!

Special Tip:

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!