#B2-1 Durbin and the Triple-A Affect: Autism, Art, and Anti-bullying
This presentation addresses how the arts contribute to an improved quality of life for those with autism. It includes a discussion of the “Artists and Autism Series” a collaborative project of FSU CARD and VSA Florida that has produced exhibitions, art classes, music clinics, and performances over the past seven years. The project demonstrates that the arts promote acceptance in the community, provide an avenue for employment, and act as a gateway to inclusive interactions. Moreover, they allow individuals with ASD to feel accomplished when so many aspects of life are challenging. In turn, the non-autistic world can see a population that is capable, rather than disabled. The presentation will include a Q&A session and informal performance by, James Durbin, a musical celebrity with ASD and Tourette syndrome. He will speak about how music transforms his life and how he has turned it into a successful career.