Friday, September 23, 2011

Autism is Awesomism benefit concert Oct. 4 in LA

On Tuesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. at The Grove, The Miracle Project will present the “Autism is Awesomism” benefit concert –free and open to the public. Comedian Jack Black and Stephen Stills will perform with the stars of HBO’s Emmy-winning documentary “AUTISM: The Musical” and actress Holly Robinson Peete will be honored for her dedication to the autism community.

The “Autism is Awesomism” concert at The Grove will be featured in the new series “Everyday Health” from the producers of the "The Biggest Loser.” The show, which will air on ABC this fall, profiles teens and young adults with health challenges that are making a real difference in their communities.

Celebrities attending Tuesday’s concert, include: Holly Robinson Peete, Jack Black, Stephen Stills, Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morsaca of “Survivor Africa”, Parenthood’s Max Burkholder, Ashley Rickards of “Fly Away” and “Awkward” and Matthew Asner, son of Ed Asner from the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and host of Autism America Radio and more.

The concert aims to change the way the world sees autism. “The message is bigger than’s about world peace,” says Wyatt Isaacs, the 16-year old star of AUTISM: The Musical.

ABOUT WYATT ISAACS: A 16-year old with autism, Wyatt is on a mission. He advocates for accepting adversity and appreciating our differences. As the star of HBOs Emmy-winning documentary, AUTISM: The Musical, Wyatt has traveled the world, working with families across the United States, and as far as India, Ethiopia and the Caribbean. He addressed 400+ ambassadors at the United Nations, and recently performed at Carnegie Hall at the Genius of Autism event. He recorded the youtube hit “Sensitive” with Stephen Stills and Jack Black.

ABOUT THE MIRACLE PROJECT: Founded in 2004, the Miracle Project is a multi-platform socialization program that enables children and teens with autism and other special needs to express themselves through music, dance, acting, story, and writing. ALL children of ALL abilities grow in skill and in spirit while creating and performing in original musicals. This acclaimed arts program was documented in the HBO double EMMY Award-winning documentary, AUTISM: THE MUSICAL.

ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, autism now affects one percent of American children. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges.

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