Why You Should Attend

Comments from ASD leaders about the upcoming festival 

This event is intended to provide your student with an opportunity to experience a major transition. It is an artistic work group, unique in its focus on providing appropriate supports for students on the spectrum.

It is our hope this will allow families to see their student grow in independence, and envision new opportunities for their future.  More importantly we hope this may expand your child’s expectations for their own lives. 

Students with unique musical gifts will have the opportunity to work with internationally recognized faculty, and will assist in developing a national network of gifted performing artists with ASD.

The faculty of the Celebrating The Spectrum festival are eager to work with students who are excited about their music, and looking forward to a challenging yet supportive immersion experience. We hope to provide your child an opportunity to experience the rigor, intensity and inspiration necessary to pursue a career in music.  

Mary Sharp, M.D. 
Past President, Mid-Michigan Autism Association, Author of "An Unexpected Joy: The Gift of Parenting a Challenging Child."

It is with excitement that I recommend “Celebrating the Spectrum – a Festival of Music and Life” as a week long camp experience for middle and high schoolers who love playing the piano and want to continue, even attend college as a music major.  

Deborah Moriarty and Derek Polischuk, Camp Directors and Professors at Michigan State University, have planned a wonderful musical camp experience that is Autism friendly. Counselors and advisors have experience working with the Autism Spectrum. As the Executive Director of Mercer Island Music Technology Camps, an Autism inclusive program for 12 years, I plan to be there to help out and meet all of you.

Connie Wible
Owner and Adaptive piano teacher, Musical Mind Music Studio, Director-Mercer Island Music Technology Camps