ANDERSON, Ind. — A mother’s simple request for friends to drive by and honk for her disabled son’s 21st birthday evolved into 90-minute parade with marching bands, dance groups and others.

Mathew Robinette’s autism, cerebral palsy and other disabilities have left him unable to speak but he showed his approval at Saturday’s turnout in Anderson with smiles, laughs and joyful exclamations as he sat in his wheelchair.

His mother, Kim Davis-Robinette, says her son loves loud noises and sirens, so he was thrilled when a dozen police and fire vehicles, more than 100 motorcycles and hundreds of other vehicles paraded past their home.

Pat Boyer, who helped organize the motorcycles, told The Herald Bulletin it was “just a simple day” for someone with disabilities. He says “he wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Information from: The Herald Bulletin,

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