Sensory Friendly Concert for Special Needs Children on the Autism Spectrum
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12:
Benjamin Catz-Hollander, 8, who has autism, is intrigued by the violin played by his great aunt Debbie Chassman, L, as Benjamin's mother, Marla Hollander, R, of Old Town Alexandria, sits by during a musical instrument 'petting zoo' at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, January 12, 2012, in Washington, DC. The Kennedy String Quartet--violinists Holly Hamilton and Jane Bowyer Stewart, violist James Deighan, cellist David Teie--gave the sensory-friendly performance for special needs children on the autism spectrum, although all children in attendance do not fall into the autism spectrum category. Hollander said she brought her son to his first event like this to see how he would handle being in such a crowd. The performance is given with the understanding that patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance. There are designated quiet areas within the theater, as well as space throughout the theater for standing and movement. Hollander also called her aunt Debbie Chassman a 'cultural diva' for pushing them out to such events.
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12 Jan 2013
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