A Look at Music for Autism: Organization Serves Children with Autism and Their Families
Music for Autism is an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children with autism and their families. Music for Autism is also committed to raising public awareness about autism.
Music for Autism Concerts
Music for Autism produces autism-friendly, interactive concerts that have been developed specifically for individuals with autism and their families. The concerts feature a range of talented performers. These include professional musicians of different types.
Music for Autism concerts present including Tony Award winners, Grammy-nominated classical artists, and Pulitzer Prize-winning performers. In order to keep the doors to all of its concerts open to everyone, all Music for Autism concerts is fully subsidized. In other words, concert goers attend an event at no charge.
The concerts are helpful in filling a psychosocial void experienced by people with autism. This enables them to enjoy enriching activities, in a highly inclusive way. Participants are able to experience the joy, as well as the power, of music as a families.
History of Music for Autism
Music for Autism traces its origins to the United Kingdom in 2002. The organization grew from the desire of John Lubbock and Christine Cairns to share their love of music with people with autism and their families. Their son was diagnosed with autism. The created an album that featured songs written and presented by people throughout the United Kingdom. The proceeds from the album were used to further their efforts to music more accessible to people with autism and their families.
The next step was the actual creation of Music for Autism and the production of the first interactive concerts, targeted for people with autism and their families. The concerts were performed in halls that would have particular appeal to people with autism. In other words, the concerts were held in venues that made people autism feel comfortable and safe.
At the beginning of 2007, Cherie Blair, wife of Prime Minister Tony Blair, honored Music for Autism at 10 Downing Street for its efforts on behalf of people with autism and their families. That same year, Music for Autism was established across the pond in the United States by Robert Accordino. Music for Autism now has a national presence in the United States, with concerts performed in venues across the nation.
The Future of Music for Autism
In the United States, the number of venues at which Music for Autism performances are presented is increasing with each passing year. Focus remains in selecting venue in which people with autism, and their families, will be comfortable. These are venues that will ensure that concerts can be interactive.
The safe effort is underway in the United Kingdom. The effort to add more venues for performances has been sure and steady in that country as well
Another strategy in the United States, when it comes to Music for Autism, is adding bilingual performances combining English and Spanish. This is being done in recognition of the significant segment of the U.S. population that are Spanish speaking.
Beyond the United States and the United Kingdom, the discussion is underway that includes expanding Music for Autism to other countries as well. The people behind Music for Autism, as well as professionals in the field of working with people diagnosed with autism, believe the organization has hit upon a solid formula for incorporating music into the lives of people with autism and their families.
Music for Autism continues to attract professional singers and musicians. Indeed, the number of professionals interested in performing through Music for Autism continues to increase with each passing month, both in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Similarly, the number of people with autism, and their families, that participate in Music for Autism concerts are increasing apace with each passing year. Requests for information about the organization and its performances come into Music for Autism from a myriad of communities in the United States, United Kingdom, and elsewhere.
Professionals who work with people with autism, and their families, also continue to support the programming of Music for Autism. As is the case when it comes to performers as well as people with autism and their families, the number of professionals interested in the organization and its performances is also increasing at a steady pace.
More information on Music for Autism is available at the organization's website at www.musicforautism.org. People can access more information about performances. In addition, anyone interested in volunteering for the organization or in donating to Music for Autism can access information at the website.
Jessica Kane is a writer for Silver Superstore, home of the internet’s .