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Long Island businesses cater to special needs kids

Rising numbers of businesses on Long Island are making their offerings more accessible and comfortable for children with autism and sensory sensitivities. 

Tinker Fairy, played by Sinead Atkinson, greets children
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Tinker Fairy, played by Sinead Atkinson, greets children dressed up as fairies, during a lunch and story time event, at Pixie Dust in Bay Shore, on Feb. 21, 2017. Pixie Dust, a children's party venue owned by Raquel Noriega, the mother of an autistic 3-year-old daughter offers special events for children, including families with children with autism.

Kelsey Cooke, 4, gets a warm hug from
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Kelsey Cooke, 4, gets a warm hug from Tinker Fairy during a lunch and story event, at Pixie Dust in Bay Shore, on Feb. 21, 2017. Pixie Dust, a children's party venue owned by Raquel Noriega, the mother of a 3-year-old daughter with autism, offers special events for children, including families with autistic children.

Ava Bonilla, 3, of Bay Shore, plays with
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Ava Bonilla, 3, of Bay Shore, plays with sensory toys inside of Pixie Dust, located in Bay Shore, a children's birthday party and events venue, owned by Raquel Noriega, on Feb. 23, 2017.

Liam Sweeney, 4, of Lindenhurst, plays with his
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Liam Sweeney, 4, of Lindenhurst, plays with his mother Marlena, at Pixie Dust in Bay Shore on Feb. 23, 2017, a children's birthday party and events venue, owned by Raquel Noriega.

Liam Sweeney, 4, of Lindenhurst, plays with his
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Liam Sweeney, 4, of Lindenhurst, plays with a box of oatmeal at Pixie Dust in Bay Shore, a children's birthday party and events venue, on Feb. 23, 2017.

Raquel Noriega, 41, owner, poses during a children's
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Raquel Noriega, 41, owner of Pixie Dust in Bay Shore, during a children’s party on Feb. 21, 2017. The mother of a 3-year-old who has autism, purchased the existing children's party venue and transformed into a business that welcomes and caters to families with children who have autism.

13 year old Jake Kalmenson of Kings Park
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Kristen Guetter, of Sound Beach, plays with her 5-year-old son Liam at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Mount Sinai on the evening of Feb. 26, 2017. Liam, who has autism, and his family attend the park's event, Sky Zone Cares, which is a special night for children who have autism to enjoy exclusive jump time.

13 year old Jake Kalmenson, right, of Kings
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Jake Kalmenson, 13, of Kings Park, plays at Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Syosset on March 13, 2017. Several businesses on Long Island are catering their services to the families of children like Jake who have autism.

Five year old Liam Huey plays with Safety
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Jake Kalmenson, 13, right, of Kings Park, plays with his father Matt, left, at Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Syosset on March 13, 2017. Several business on Long Island are catering their services to the families of children like Jake who have autism.

Twelve year old Matthew D'Angelo of Levittown plays
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Liam Huey, 5, plays with safety monitor Jake Britton, 17, at Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Syosset on March 13, 2017. Several business on Long Island are catering their services to the families of children like Liam who have autism. 

Five year old Jackson Iallonardi plays at the
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Matthew D'Angelo, 12, of Levittown, plays at Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Syosset on March 13, 2017. 

Five year old Liam Huey plays with Safety
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Jackson Iallonardi, 15, plays at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Mount Sinai on the evening of Feb. 26, 2017. Behind Jackson in this photo is his personal care assistant Stephany Lynch.

The actors perform on stage as parents and
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Liam Huey, 5, plays with safety monitor Jake Britton, 17, at Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Syosset on March 13, 2017. 

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