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VIDEO: How Broadway musicals are spreading autism awareness

March 16, 2016

Autism Speaks Executive Director of Field Development in New Jersey Heather Hays recently appeared on the “Different is Beautiful Show,” a local cable television talk show in New Jersey hosted by Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro, a 28-year-old national speaker and best-selling author who also happens to be on the autism spectrum.

In the interview Hays talked about what influenced her to join Autism Speaks along with her work today on Autism Speaks Walks, Light It Up Blue and a large emphasis on the impact Broadway has had on our autism community in the past several years. Of the highlights included a discussion of the Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theater Initiative and the autism-friendly performances they’ve offered to our community in the past few years.

Hays shared “On June 20th, the Broadway community plans to come together for “Arts for Autism” a benefit concert at The Gershwin Theatre in NYC where all the proceeds will go back to benefit Autism Speaks. Broadway stars will come out to raise autism awareness for this very special program.” The performances will include Broadway stars from performers in Broadway shows such as Jersey Boys, Wicked and Les Miserables.

This isn’t the first time the Different is Beautiful Show has highlighted our autism community. Last year Autism Speaks Vice President of Adult Services Leslie Long came on to the show to discuss several programs Autism Speaks has in relationship to the transition to adulthood. You can watch that interview here.

Tickets are now available to purchase for the Arts for Autism Benefit event here. You can learn more about the benefit by watching the video below…