An Awesome Autism Acceptance Weekend!

Hello everyone! I am staying with CJ for the next 4 days. Today we had Arc music therapy groups at Maryland Hall. I have some exciting news to tell you. Saturday is our Sensory Friendly Concert at Anne Arundel Community College. A young man named Even Bertrand is going to play the tuba and the piano. Also we are having the Incidental Brass Quintet play a few songs. Tomorrow CJ and I are going to be talking on a … [Read more...]

Exciting Announcement from Sunny #AcceptanceIs

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Hello this is Sunny. Not only is today The Musical Autist's 4 year birthday(!!!), but today also marks the beginning of Autism Acceptance Month. I would like to start off by saying that new opportunities await me. For eight years I worked at a sheltered workshop. Most days I sat in a loud room full of people waiting for work. I got payed around one dollar every two weeks, depending on how much work I got. I met … [Read more...]

Sensory Friendly Concerts for Autism Acceptance Month!

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There are two SFCs coming up next month, April 11th in Arnold, Maryland and April 18th in Kansas City!!! Please go to Autism Acceptance Month.com to learn more about the awesome things that are happening in April for Autism ACCEPTANCE Month. We are proud to have been a part of these efforts since our dear friend and fellow musical autist Paula Durbin-Westby started it all in 2011. :) Anne Arundel Community … [Read more...]

A Challenge to you, Music Therapist

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**Please note: I write this specifically to music therapists, because I *am* a music therapist (MT-BC). However, I believe the ideas in this post are valuable to anyone - professionals, parents, self-advocates, lay-persons alike.** Some autism related topics have been coming up a lot lately in our MT forums. I thought I'd take the time to address several crucial topics in one blog post, and will be sharing … [Read more...]

How I feel about asking for your money

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Sunny and I posted this video for Giving Tuesday a few weeks ago, and since then we've been pretty quiet about asking for tax-deductible donations, despite the fact that we finally got our 501c3 back in July and should probably be asking away. As Director of The Musical Autist, I'm just not sure I want to be *that* kind of nonprofit that is constantly begging for money. I don't know about you, but my inbox and … [Read more...]