Benefit for Autism Unites to Feature Musical Performance by Robby Krieger of The Doors

February 27, 2014 – Benefit for LAVAArts

Press Release – posted at http://www.diyconvention.com/benefit-for-autism-unites-to-feature-musical-performance-by-robby-krieger-of-the-doors/#sthash.A5Unr5Gy.dpuf

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Los Angeles, CA- February 20, 2014- Autism Unites, an organization devoted to helping young adults with autism using “the art of connection” as its guiding principle, will be hosting a fundraiser for its new film production vocational training program, the Los Angeles Vocational Academy of the Arts (LAVAArts).

The event, featuring a special musical performance by Robby Krieger of The Doors, will take place at a private estate in Brentwood (1060 Oakmont Drive) on February 27, 2014 at 7 p.m.  Robby Krieger has partnered with award-winning producer George Paige to help launch LAVAArts with the filming of a feature-length documentary, Topanga, on the music and culture of Topanga Canyon.

The film chronicles the lives and events of Topanga Canyon musicians from the 1960s through the 1980s. “It’s a music-fueled inside story about this mystical mountain retreat,” states the film’s producer, George Paige. “Most importantly, it is an opportunity to bring young people with autism in on the film through LAVAArts, helping them make real connections and learn about the industry by matching them up with our production team and crew members.”

According to current research, individuals with autism spectrum disorders have the highest rate of unemployment of any disability, even though they have many strengths and exceptional creativity to offer. Autism Unites developed its new social integration model to address this issue for adults with autism and help them achieve a higher quality of life filled with friends, meaningful employment, and the ability to become important members of their communities.

In addition to an exclusive experience with The Doors’ legendary rocker, attendees at the private home fundraiser will enjoy performances by master percussionist and oud player Hani Naser, Fame’s Lee Curreri, and musical savant Rex Lewis, who recently performed at the home of Vice President Biden. Donors who contribute $500 or more at the event will receive a thank you credit on the documentary film, Topanga. Die-hard Doors fans also have the opportunity to bid on a jam session with Robby Krieger and Hani Naser. Items in the Live and Silent Auctions include Krieger’s own artwork and a guitar and drumheads signed by the artists.

Tickets are available at: http://www.autismspectrumintegratedservices.com  Autism Unites is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) Incorporation, also known as Autism Spectrum Integrated Services (ASIS). Its mission is to help young adults with autism integrate into their communities and the workplace using a unique social and vocational integrative model called Match-A-Friend. Young adults in the program are matched with industry professionals trained by the organization to provide them with advocacy information, social skills support, and on-the-job employment experience.

Autism Unites: the Power of Relationships and Connections

Amazing Blog in the “Arts of Autism” Newsletter written by Debra Hosseini about our non-profit “Autism Unites” – our philosophy and services. Read the blog @ http://the-art-of-autism.com/autism-unites-the-power-of-relationships-and-connections/

Picture below: Autism Unites’ Fundraiser on February 27, 2014 with Robbie Krieger of the Doors to benefit Autism Unites’ Vocational Academy of the Arts (LAVAArts), A New Model of Employment Training for Young Adults with Autism. The fundraiser took place at a beautiful Mandeville Canyon estate of Les Joseph, who is a mentor and long time fiend of Jacob Levy, a young adult with autism..

 

After Raising a Son With Severe Autism, I Have Redefined “Normal”

The Article by Elaine Hall posted February 27, 2014

Elaine shares her journey of raising a son with severe autism, from toddlerhood through bar mitzvah age to where he’s at now, at almost 20 years old.

Elaine is the creator of The Miracle Project, a theatre and film program for children of all abilities, profiled in the Emmy Award HBO documentary, AUTISM: The Musical

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Posted at “Kveller”, a Jewish Twist for Parenting Magazine as a part of month-long series dedicated to Jewish Disability Awareness Month.

Read this beautiful article at http://www.kveller.com/blog/parenting/after-raising-a-son-with-severe-autism-i-have-redefined-normal/torah

“…Now almost 20 years old, he has exceeded many of the expectations I had long buried. He has two jobs, one at the Shalom Institute in their organic garden, the other at The Farms, our local grocery store. He  is learning about organic gardening and wants a career as an organic gardener….”

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“…Through The Miracle Project he has become the star of an HBO film, Autism: The Musical,” and he is a semi-professional model, posing for Kate Winslet’s book, “The Golden Hat”, and as one of the faces of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation’s ‘I Am’ campaign on billboards throughout LA…. In April of 2013, this severely autistic, once deemed cognitively impaired young adult ‘spoke’ using his voice activated app SpeakIt on his iPad at The United Nations in front of 400 people where we were both invited to present for World Autism Awareness Day…”