Become inspired by the miracles that Elaine has witnessed in her work with youth and the story of her personal transformation in the process.
Bio: Elaine Hall, Founding Director, The Miracle Project and author of Now I See the Moon: A Mother, a Son, a Miracle .
"Elaine Hall's Miracle Project is a 'miracle' – a miracle of ingenuity, human intimacy, and creativity." -Stanley Greenspan, MD, author of The Child with Special Needs and Engaging Autism
"The Child Whisperer." New York Times, on Elaine Hall
"Elaine Hall weaves her incredible story in a gutsy, inspirational, painful, hilarious, but always honest manner…overflowing with moments that realistically convey the agony of autism, as well as the gifts autism brings." -Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP Director of Childhood Communication Services and Adjunct Professor, Brown University
"A smile, a friend, someone to listen to them. These are the things I hear from kids with autism when asked what they want…Perhaps the world is too fast, too loud, too much. People with autism know this truth. Others have forgotten the essentials. What is truly important in life. Compassion, Understanding. Connection…I really think it takes a child with special needs to raise the consciousness of a village." -Elaine Hall
Elaine's son, Neal, was adopted as a toddler from a Russian orphanage and diagnosed with autism at age three. When traditional therapies did not work for him, she recruited a team of creative professionals to join his isolated autistic world. This evolved into The Miracle Project. TheMiracleProject.com
Fondly known as “Coach E”, Elaine brought to the Miracle Project 25 years of experience as an A-list children's acting coach and performer combined with expertise from Dr. Stanley Greenspan and other renowned autism experts. The Miracle Project, founded in 2004, is a multi-platform socialization program that enables children, teens, and young adults with autism and other special needs to express themselves through music, dance, acting, story, and writing. Children of all abilities grow in skill and spirit while creating and performing original musicals. This acclaimed arts program was the subject of the two-time Emmy Award winning HBO documentary, Autism: The Musical.
Elaine has appeared on CNN, CBS News, Oprah Radio, NPR, and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Jerusalem Post. In addition, she is a keynote speaker and presents workshops throughout the United States and Canada. She has had the honor of speaking at the United Nations and is a regular Huffington Post blogger.
Elaine serves on the L.A. Senate Select Task Force on Autism. She created and directed Kids on Stage, an arts enrichment program, and Vista Inspire, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah program for children with autism at Vista Del Mar, in Los Angeles - a preeminent social service agency.
In addition to numerous awards from organizations such as Autism Speaks and Autism Society of America, Elaine was recognized in 2009 by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for boundless service to the global community of families living with autism.
She is the author of Now I See the Moon: A Mother, a Son, a Miracle (HarperCollins), and has recently starred in and co-produced, with partner Diane Isaacs and Concept Media DVD, a series entitled, 7 Keys to Unlocking the World of Autism.
Event Details: Sep. 25, 2011, Remo Recreational Music Center, North Hollywood, CA
Sponsoring Organization: UCLArtsandHealing.net
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