Virtually all cultures, according to studies at Harvard Medical School, from the most primitive to the most advanced, make music.
It’s been true throughout history, and it’s true throughout an individual’s lifespan. The human brain and nervous system are hard-wired to respond to rhythm and repetition, tones and tunes.
On Sunday, Feb. 14, 17 groups will perform, starting at 7 p.m., on a virtual concert to help raise awareness for children affected by various spectrum disorders.
By the numbers
In a recent study the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported dramatic increase in statistics about children born in the US with Autism Spectrum disorder:
About 1 in 54 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.
ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
ASD and Traumatic Brain Injury are more than 4 times more common among boys than among girls.
About 1 in 6 (17 percent) children aged 3–17 years were diagnosed with a developmental disability, as reported by parents, during a study period of 2009-2017. These included autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, blindness, and cerebral palsy, among others.
Meanwhile, only 16 percent of people with disabilities are employed and victimization is more likely to affect those with disabilities.
Recognizing these data, SailFoundationNY.org, a charitable fund of CFOS, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, will launch a special concert to help raise awareness and funding for those high functioning members of the special needs community affected by spectrum disorders.
The concert and performers
The Valentine’s Day Concert (https://sailfoundationny.org/concert) scheduled for Sunday, February 14, at 7 p.m. will be carried on YouTube.
The lineup includes many popular Hudson Valley musicians: Al and Cat Chez, Armonia Band, CC Coletti Band, Chris Bolger, Chris Raabe, Don Oriolo with Felix and The Cats, The Dirty Blondes, GLO and The Cat in the Hat, The Harrisons, Jason Damico, Jeremy Roske, Madison, Raquel and the Wildflowers, Sandi Grecco, Sean O’Flynn, Terrelle Tynes-Wilson and Wandrea Rolle.
Donations received before and during this concert are tax deductible and 100 percent of the proceeds will support SailFoundationNY.org services. For more information concert-viewers are urged to call 845-494-6257.
About the SAIL Foundation
Neurological disabilities are not always obvious, and the unique needs of this group are often overlooked and frequently misunderstood in society. Most individuals in this group go through life with the least amount of help from our communities. Our desire is to develop a self-sustaining program that will empower SAIL Foundation clients toward independent living before their parents are no longer able to care for them.
The SAIL Foundation was launched by parents of young adult men with disabilities and supportive members of our community. “Our boys” have difficulty maintaining employment and social contacts. Their high-functioning abilities make it difficult for them to engage successfully in typical support service programs. SAIL clients face challenges associated with a variety of disabilities such as Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Aspergers Syndrome, which is on the Autism Spectrum.