Donations, Volunteer Work Renovate House for Autistic Boy

Donations, Volunteer Work Renovate House for Autistic Boy

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CEDAR HILLS, Utah (AP) -- A Cedar Hills family has gotten 12-thousand dollars in donations to renovate their house to accommodate their autistic son.

Previously, Jared and Marcie White had to keep all the home's doors locked to keep six-year-old Ben safe.

But for the past few weeks, more than 100 people have worked to subdivide the White's unfinished basement into a therapy room for Ben, and a few other rooms for the family.

The therapy room was designed by an autism expert to include elements that stimulate the boy. There is a ramp, oversized stairs and a climbing wall to challenge him physically and help him burn some of his enormous energy.

The new therapy room is linked to Ben's upstairs bedroom by a trapdoor in the floor.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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