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WATCH: This little star celebrated his 4th birthday at Malta’s first 'autism friendly' resto!
He had a blast!

Jillian Mallia

Diego, one of Malta’s littlest yet brightest stars, is celebrating his 4th birthday today. Haven't heard his name before? Diego and his super mama Sefora create awareness for autism in Malta and beyond in the hopes of helping other families with kids on the spectrum.

Diego

I am Diego / Facebook

Sefora has documented her and her family’s journey dealing with Diego’s autism, which he was diagnosed with at the age of two. Sefora shares her experience on her blog I am Diego, posting about day-to-day challenges and triumphs that Diego makes as he grows up.

Diego

I am Diego / Facebook

Over the weekend, the adorable now-four-year-old had a racing-themed birthday party at Sunset Restaurant, Malta’s first autism-friendly resto. And it looked like a blast! 

Diego

I am Diego / Facebook

Sefora thanked MaryGrace at Sunset Restaurant for helping with the preparations. “She made sure all the changes were made so that Diego would feel comfortable. I have no words to thank her for all her efforts.”

What changes would those be, you ask? Well, restaurants can make themselves more 'autism friendly' by introducing early meal times, dimming lights and switching off music for more peaceful surroundings. Little changes such as these will allow patrons on the spectrum to be more comfortable when eating out. Every bit goes a long way!

Diego

I am Diego / Facebook

And in keeping with the celebrations, Sefora posted a cute video with sweet memories of her family ever since Diego came into their lives four years ago. We’re not crying, you’re crying!

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Happy birthday, champ!

12th June 2019


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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