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Chrysler partners with Autism Society to create less stressful travel

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Chrysler announced a long-term partnership with the Autism Society of America at the New York International Auto Show. The goal: to support travelers with autism.

One of the immediate benefits of the partnership is the new Calm Cabin Package available on the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid. Designed the make those with autism feel calm, safe and comfortable, the package includes a seatback organizer with adjustable straps, a rechargeable cordless Bluetooth meditative light-and-sound therapy machine, a comforting seatbelt sleeve, soft-touch pillow and weighted sensory blanket.

This package will be available in the early spring through Chrysler’s online retail store.

This announcement coincides with Autism Acceptance Month as well as the Autism Society’s fifth annual Celebrate Differences campaign.

In the long-term, the partnership will work to make travel more comfortable through thoughtful design, support accommodations, educational resources and local community engagement.

According to the CDC, 1 in 36 children receive an autism diagnosis, and there are 5.8 million autistic adults in the U.S. So, this partnership seeks to make road trips less stressful and scary.

Thus, Chrysler will be working with the Autism Society to identify additional areas where the brand can support and affect meaningful change in the autism community, including dealership-network staff training designed to familiarize employees with the unique needs of individuals and families in the autism community.

The bottom line on the Chrysler, Autism Society partnership

For those with autism, a simple trip to school or to run errands can be fraught with overstimulation. So, kudos to Chrysler, which makes one of the premiere minivans, for stepping up to the plate and partnering with the Autism Society to try to make this experience a little less challenging. We’re looking forward to seeing what comes next from this partnership.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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