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Sensory World offers unique, special place for children with disabilities

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An estimated one out of 42 boys and one in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States annually. Now, more opportunities are opening for people to help families touched by the disorder.

Sensory World Memphis co-owner Jeremy Whitley said having a child with autism is not what people may think.

"Having a child with a disability is a huge blessing in disguise," Whitley said. "Sensory World Memphis is the first autistic and special needs supply store in the state of Tennessee."

Whitley and his brother opened Sensory World to sell items specializing in different areas. This enables children with disabilities to feel comfortable with toys that are specifically designed to fit their unique needs.

What makes the store even more unique is that it allows children to touch and try the items before they take them home. By providing this option the parents know what works and what does not work for their specific child before purchasing something.

"Instead of going online and hoping that it works for your child," Whitley said.

Whitley and his brother both taught special education in local schools for four years before opening the store. He said they came into the business with connections to the community.

"We have contracts with the municipal school district in Collierville schools, Shelby County schools--it has just been a huge blessing," Whitley said.

He said another blessing is being able to see parents react to the store that is intentionally designed for their family. 

Whitley said one parent was overwhelmed with the store when she first came in.

"She came to the store, she opened the door and just broke down and cried and just a huge blessing to know that me and my brother actually doing something positive in the community to help," Whitley said.

He wants other parents to know there is a place their child can feel comfortable.

Sensory World is located at 2965 North Germantown Parkway in Bartlett. It's open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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