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Special Movie Screenings For Northern Va. Children With Autism

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By David Schultz

Joy Van Duyne almost never takes her son, Andrew, to the movies. "Usually he can't handle the whole thing," says Van Duyne. "He very rarely has. He loves movies but mostly he watches videos at home."

But this morning, they were at the AMC theater in Tysons Corner watching a "sensory-friendly" version of The Princess and the Frog.

AMC turned the lights up in its theater and turned the sound down. Its regular "Silence Is Golden" policy was lifted.

"This was great because he could speak out and move around," says Van Duyne. "It was really nice."

Theaters across the country hold these sensory-friendly movie events once a month. They've been happening in the D.C. region for more than a year now.

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