Yesterday I had the true honor of attending Autism Awareness Day at the U.N. where they screened the movie Autism: The Musical and we were treated to a live performance and panel of children with autism and their parents.
First, I just want to tell you how touching the movie is. You may think the title is funny (I did when I first heard it), but it is about a program called the mirical project in L.A. which works with children with autism and at the end of the project (6 months) the kids put on a musical theater performance. These are kids all across the spectrum from Asperger's to nonverbal autism and everything in between. The movie chronicles not only the project and the kids, but the families and the stressors and joys that come out of raising a child with special needs. I laughed, I cried, and we all cheered through the whole movie.
The live performance was a special treat and I am clearly biased, but I was most impressed with a boy named Adam who played the cello. But, I said I was biased because Adam participated in some of my research projects when I was in grad school in California.