One Heart, One Voice, One Talent At A Time
According to the 2018 CDC report, 1 in 59 children have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), an increase of over 15% from 2016. An estimated 1 in 6 children live with learning differences and developmental challenges. More than 80% of adults with disabilities live at home and are not employed. The estimated cost to raise a child on the Spectrum from birth to 18 is $1.4MIL – $2.4MIL, conservatively $80,000 per year. Government funding for schooling and therapies begin to diminish as children “age out” at the age of 18 and virtually end at 22. Families are then faced with entire financial responsibility for their loved one. As this epidemic surges at an alarming incline, the need for non-profits to come together to form a support ecosystem is critical. We strive to be one of these partnering organizations making a difference - ONE HEART, ONE VOICE, ONE TALENT AT A TIME.
Music Therapy Grants
The positive impacts of Music Therapy can help to address many aspects of development such as communication challenges, social skills, behavioral concerns, motor skills and speech.
Academy Donations and Partnerships
As more schools and other organizations recognize the tremendous benefits of music therapy for children and young adults with Autism, our donations and partnerships help expand and sustain these programs.
The ability to provide a patient with an instrument upon discharge is such a wonderful gift and opportunity for them to continue on their journey of healing and expression. We would not be able to do that without the instruments provided to us by Music Movement. At times these patients can no longer play the sports they used to play, or be in the school play. So being able to provide them with another means of empowerment and self-expression is so important not only for the patients, but for the family as well.
Eric Mammen, MT-BC
Creative Arts Supervisor\Intern
The Cherese Mari Laulhere Child Life Department
Promoting Independent Living
15% of our giving budget is dedicated to growing our programs with partners promoting independent living. Scheduled to launch in the Fall of 2019, we will fund camps and retreats for families with young adults/adults transitioning into adulthood that are living with ASD and IDD.