Its a Miracle!
Hello everyone. Its Colin blogging again on this Odyssey Scholars page. In the past few weeks, I have found a couple very good documentaries about autism, one of which specifically was about the affects of the performing arts on autism. This documentary was called Autism: The Musical. This documentary was about a group of autistic kids, all of whom had different types of autism, and came together as a group called The Miracle Project, to make a great performance in the period of only 24 weeks. The Miracle Project, founded by Elaine Hall, is designed specifically for kids with autism to do theatre and really be themselves. The other documentary that I have found was actually brought to my attention by a fellow Odyssey Scholar, Jake Blanchfield, and is called Aspergers R Us. I have not watched this documentary yet, but plan to in the near future.
One kid who was in The Miracle Project who really stood out to me was a boy named Wyatt. Wyatt is autistic but he was the most high functioning of all of the kids, so he reacted more than the other kids. In fact in an interview on NBC in 2007, he specifically said that he wanted to go into theatre because of two things: his appearance at Carnegie Hall, (which is kind of ironic since I have actually gone to Carnegie Hall and sang there as mentioned in a previous blog) and The Miracle Project. I would like to get in touch with Wyatt and interview him on how The Miracle Project Impacted him, why he wants to go into theatre, and if that project influenced him to go into theatre. I don't recall where on spectrum Wyatt fell, but I am sure that he is a fabulous kid, is very very smart, and will be a fantastic actor. If you would like to know more about this project, click on the link here. http://www.themiracleproject.org
I would also like to reach out to the director of the project and ask her some questions also. To meet her would be such a great honor and would give me great resources for my project. I plan to reach out to her and Wyatt in the future, but for now that's all from me until the next time.