Friday, April 23, 2010

Overcoming Challenges and Growing Up With Autism

Wonderful story from KABC-TV in Los Angeles. Hopefully, more media will focus on stories about the abilities of individuals on the autism spectrum -- and hopefully not just during Autism Awareness Month.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Growing up through your teenage years is hard enough, but for those with autism, those challenges are multiplied. But one young man showed me how he turned those obstacles into opportunities, and has a lot to share about growing up with autism.
The acting, singing, and music in a unique musical are all thought up on the fly.
"'Zombience' is a zombie improv musical. The audience throws out the story setting and the cast relies on their 22-year-old musical director Dave Beukers to stir their creativity."
"He knows where we are and can feel where we are on stage," said Jayne Entwhistle, a performer. "He zones right in and plays exactly what's needed."
Dave has autism. He plays five instruments and can compose anything you throw at him.

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