11-year old Logan Joiner is traveling around the United States conquering his fear of roller coasters to inspire other kids with special needs to overcome their own fears. His efforts have earned himself the nickname of the “Koaster Kid.”
Joiner is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and was nonverbal until the age of four. Children with autism are often hypersensitive to lights, sounds, textures, tastes, and smells. Growing up, Joiner struggled with sudden movements and loud noises. As such, he was never a fan of riding roller coasters.
In the beginning of June, the Koaster Kid bravely took on all 13 of the roller coasters at Six Flags New England in support of other children with developmental disabilities.
“We are riding all thirteen roller coasters here to raise money for Autism Speaks, and donating 113 theme park tickets so all the kids can experience the awesomeness of this park,” he told WWLP News.
Joiner has an impressive following on social media with over 10,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 2 million video views. He uses the outlet to document and share his roller coaster trips.
Above all, he hopes that his show of bravery will help other children with autism build up the courage to face their fears.