The launch of the Sensory-Friendly Summer Concert Series for the Bmore/Annap/DC area is a landmark event. It will serve as a model for autism inclusion and accommodations for public music concert events.
We proved last night, with jazz music, that public settings which would normally require extreme social skills (e.g. sitting very very still, clapping when you’re supposed to) can be perfectly “sensory-friendly” given the right approach and the right attitude of all involved.
We believe that another 10-15 years from now, when the autism population boom grows up, and out, of the system, we will have had many years of wonderful SF Concerts to enjoy together.
Thank you Randy Pendleton (upright bass) and Joseph Bowen (grand piano) and Soren (guitar) for being willing to be the first Autism-Friendly Artists. You set the bar well! Thank you Logan Kangas, resident Musical Autist, for being musical well beyond your years.
Thank you to Carolyn Beall and Amy Kreglow, dear teacher-friends in AACPS, to help with “crowd control.”
Thank you Andrew Krach for the awesome flyers and concert bulletins.
To Carol & Greg Diachenko and our Church on the Rock family, for being so cool and so flexible.
To all of our autistic friends from around the globe, for the great wisdom, advice and encouragement to keep trying to do what has not been done before!!
Nothing makes Ms.CJ more happy than seeing autistic people being happy and being themselves. She’s gonna be beaming for days.
Looking forward to the next SECOND SATURDAY in our Sensory-Friendly Summer Concert Series!! Saturday June 11th. 6:30 pm.