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Music for Autism | Orchestrating Stronger Lives

Music for Autism is enhancing the quality of life and raising public awareness through autism-friendly, interactive concerts developed specifically for individuals with autism and their families. The concerts feature professional musicians, including Tony Award winners, Grammy-nominated classical artists, and Pulitzer Prize winners. 

To ensure equal access for all, every Music for Autism concert is fully subsidized. Families note that the concerts help fill a major psychosocial void, enabling them to enjoy enriching activities that are inclusive and to experience the joy and power of music as a family.

Meet the Founder and Chair, Robert Accordino

Robert Accordino is a multifaceted individual, serving as a physician, social entrepreneur, researcher, musician, and advocate. His advocacy efforts span developmental conditions, particularly focused on mental health parity for both children and adults. 

Accordino has been recognized for his service by notable figures such as Cherie Blair. Currently, he holds the position of Chief of Behavioral Health at Quartet Health, a company dedicated to revolutionizing mental health services by integrating them into primary care. 

Additionally, Accordino’s public service extends to his appointment by President Barack Obama to the White House Fellowship, where he advised on health care delivery for service members and their families, emphasizing mental health care accessibility and stigma reduction.

The Goal of Music for Autism

The goal of Music for Autism is to expose those with autism and their families to high-quality, professionally performed music in an environment where individual differences are celebrated and where no one will be embarrassed. 

Families are greatly challenged to find programming that is appropriate for their family members with autism who may exhibit behaviors that are unpredictable. Families say that Music for Autism’s unique and interactive “autism-specific” musical programming greatly enhances their quality of life. 

In addition, since all U.S. concerts are free for those with autism and their families, anyone affected by autism, irrespective of socioeconomic status, is able to experience Music for Autism’s unique, interactive programming.

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