“A Voice For The Voiceless”: Hazleton Mom Won’t Let A Woman Bully Her Autistic Son


Hazleton, Luzerne County — A Luzerne County mother has made it her mission to spread awareness about autism.

Her goal to be “a voice for the voiceless” comes after a recent incident involving her toddler who has the disorder.

In a story you will only see on Eyewitness News, Katie Cotton was shopping with her children at a Wilkes-Barre Township store last Friday.

The Hazleton mother of four said her 2 1/2 year old son Gaven, who has autism and other medical problems, started to have a meltdown.

That’s when Katie said another customer approached them and referred to the toddler as the “r word”.  Katie posted a video about her experience on Facebook, which has over one million hits so far.

Her 7-year-old son Keegan was also diagnosed with the disorder.  She wants more people to learn the signs of autism and respect children who show those symptoms.

Katie started a Facebook page for Gaven.  Click here to “like” the page.

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