HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- Tim Sutton and Austin Gammon are a dynamic duo in Hanover County if there ever was one. Both share a common goal to dispel myths and shine the light on those living with Autism like Austin.
Tim, a 30-year veteran law enforcement officer, is a lead trainer with the non-profit Heroes 4 Autism -- a branch of the Giving Back Fund.
“Being there for a support system for those families is huge,” Sutton said.
He educates businesses, schools, and first responders how to recognize neighbors with cognitive disorders which may deescalate tense situations.
“I think neurotypical people around the world need to give people with Autism a chance because they are an amazing resource,” Sutton said.
Tim said it was vital to raise awareness and acceptance of people like his friend Austin.
Austin works at Lowe's in Mechanicsville and volunteers at a veterinary clinic.
“Us people with Autism we want to be treated like everyone else,” Gammon said. “An individual with Autism is just as hard a worker than anyone else.”
“He’s a hero. Whether he realizes it or not he is a hero. He is an amazing kid,” Sutton said.
Knowing Tim is in her son's corner, Donna Gammon said Austin has blossomed.
“Oh, I mean what he is doing is priceless. You can’t put a price on what he or Heroes 4 Autism is doing for our children,” Donna Gammon said.
Angela Flint appreciates Tim's efforts.
She is a caregiver to twin brothers Logan and Lucian. Both were diagnosed with Autism.
Angela called Tim's efforts vital to helping foster a better understanding of children and adults with disabilities.
“I want everyone to know that these are the best kids. They are so capable of anything,” she said.
Some call what Tim Sutton is doing his ministry. For Tim, he's found his calling.
“We want everyone to embrace Autism like he has whether you have Autism or not. Embrace it.”
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