Autism is a disability that can significantly impact a person throughout their lifetime, however, there are also incredible attributes of autism that can and should be appreciated and showcased. The musical abilities possessed by many people on the autism spectrum are a perfect example of the types of skills that, when cultivated and expressed, can provide opportunities to more fully participate in the community and social culture.
Our goal is to provide access to the arts and platforms for self-advocacy for musicians on the autism spectrum, through Community Music initiatives. We do this by creating places in the community where the arts and musicians on the spectrum (“musical autists”) are celebrated and respected, through public music venues where there is an opportunity to work, perform and build relationships.
Our programs are facilitated by Board Certified Music Therapists, who work within teams of music educators, community musicians, musical autists, high school and college music students, that rehearse and perform together in order to further the cause of our organization – autism acceptance and appreciation within the community at large.
Our performances currently take place in a variety of locations: restaurants, coffee shops, colleges, conferences, churches and assisted living homes. We rehearse in some of these places, we also rehearse in each other’s homes or basically anywhere we can! Our goal is to have one central location where our programs can occur, where rehearsals, performances and employment opportunities can happen. A place where the general public can be patrons that will support our cause.
A place called:
jam and joe coffeehouse
Through the generous, tax deductible donations of our fans and supporters, The Musical Autist 501c3 nonprofit will be able to house our successful programs that serve people on the autism spectrum. Sensory Friendly Concerts, Empowerment Jam Sessions, the Musical Autist Academy and real time work and social experiences in a coffeehouse atmosphere.
Thank you for your consideration and support!