Concert Pub's Battle Of The Bands Wages War On Autism
Autism is a developmental disorder that currently affects nine out of every 1,000 American children, a number that has steadily risen since the 1980s. Symptoms usually appear by age three, and often encompass difficulties in communicating within normal developmental and social parameters.
Late Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett is believed by many to have suffered from a form of autism. He lived in virtual seclusion for 30 years after releasing four albums with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist.
The disability remains poorly understood by the general public. Hollywood has a tendency to portray austists as superpowered savants, while commentators like Michael Savage have claimed, "99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out."
Including Kids is a tutoring organization dedicated to helping autistic kids learn the skills that will enable them to lead more normal lives. They began with just 10 kids in 2003, and now help over 200 kids and their families through after school programs. In observance of Autism Awareness Month, they will be hosting a fundraiser called Rock Autism at Concert Pub North Sunday from 4 to 11 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $15, and 86 cents of every one of those dollars goes directly into autism programs.
"I know the economy is less than ideal right now but our children with autism do not have time to wait until the economy improves. For every child, time is of the essence,' according to Jennifer Dantzler, BCBA, M.S.Ed., Executive Director of Including Kids.
Tomorrow's benefit will feature a fashion show by designers Ash Couture, Alika Hall and Jess Taplin, as well as DJ sets by Troy "Techno" Bradshaw. Of most interest to Rocks Off is the battle of the bands featuring three Houston-based groups. VerseCity, August 83, and Forever Miles, who will square off to see whose music can raise the most money in the fight against autism.