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Father, son with autism set out on cross-country adventure to sell hats

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A man and his son have planned a cross-country outdoor adventure to prove autism won’t slow them down.

“I have autism, but autism does not define me,” Tucker Mashue said.

Tucker Mashue said autism won’t slow him down. So he and his dad are going on a cross-country adventure. That adventure will include biking, sailing and kayaking.

The pair will also be running Tucker Mashue’s hat business “Tuck’s Tooques.”

His dad, Dennis Mashue, said thinking outside the box is important for autistic children.

“We think that it is important for parents of autistic children to be inspired, to look at their children’s interests, to promote those interests and try to get those children to develop skills to have a meaningful lively hood,” Dennis Mashue said.

That’s what Dennis did. Tucker likes hats so he started Tucks Tooques, a winter hate company. The company sells brightly colored woven hats.

Dennis said he gets the handmade hats from a group in Nepal and is slowly teaching his son how to successfully run a business so one day he can do it by himself.

With summer just around the corner the pair know the hats are not in season, but they said now is the perfect time to start getting them on to store shelves.

Tucker and his dad said they will visit 48 states selling the hats. Because of their networking, they have a place to stay in nearly every town they go to.

Dennis said he can’t wait for the adventure and will be looking for stores that want to carry their tooques.

“It’s a great time of year to get out and share our story with retailers across the country,” Dennis said.

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