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July 23, 2013

Hip hop artist J. Cole recently issued an apology to the autism community for offensive lyrics in the song "Jodeci Freestyle" by Drake and J. Cole.  Yesterday, Drake issued an apology of his own, promising to remove the lyrics from the original song.  On his blog he wrote: "I share responsibility and offer my sincerest apologies for the pain this has caused. Individuals with autism have brilliant and creative minds, and their gifts should not be disparaged or discounted."

 

July 11, 2013

In this recently posted YouTube music video, rapper and day habilitation specialist Marquis Julien performs “I am Abled,” a song inspired by his brother Mariano who has autism as well as all the young adults with special needs he works with at the Nyack Studio Arts day program run by services provider Jawonio in Nyack, New York.

July 11, 2013

Lyrics from the recently released song “Jodeci Freestyle” from hip hop artists Drake and J.Cole have many in the autism community up in arms. The song, which was released last month and is now getting airplay, contains the following lyric by J. Cole: “I’m artistic, you n----s is autistic, retarded."