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Autistic-Friendly Art; Music in Afghanistan; Lady Lamb The Beekeeper

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper's passionate and highly textured debut studio album is called 'Ripely Pine.' Hear her play live in the Soundcheck studio. (Shervin Lainez)

In This Episode: For people with autism and their families, attending public theater and music events can be challenging -- if not impossible. Soundcheck speaks with the founder of the Autism Theater Initiative -- which recently announced an “autism-friendly” performance of Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

Plus: A live performance from singer-songwriter Aly Spaltro, a.k.a. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. We get to know her in a Blind Date.

And: We talk with the founder of the Afghan Youth Orchestra at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, and an 18-year old pianist who studies at the Institute.  

For Those With Autism, Attending the Theater Becomes A Little Bit Easier

Going to see a Broadway show is exciting experience for anyone – kid or adult. But for people on the autism spectrum, attending theater performances and other public events can be challenging, if not impossible.

That’s where the Autism Theatre Initiative, a program run by the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) comes in. The group has sponsored specially modified performances of The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and Elf on Broadway -- and recently announced that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark would also be holding an autism-friendly performance in April

We hear more how theatre can be adapted to meet the needs of those with autism from Lisa Carling, who runs the Theatre Development Fund’s accessibility programs – and Donia Fahim, co-founder of the organization Autism Friendly Spaces. Plus, actor Derrick Davis, a member of The Lion King Broadway cast, joins us to share his experience as part of an autism-friendly performance. 

(Photos: Top: A shot of the crowd at an autism-friendly performance of The Lion King. Bottom: Audience members take a break in an "activity zone" at an autism-friendly performance of The Lion King. Credit: TDF/Autism Theatre Initiative)

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Blind Date: We're Setting You Up With Lady Lamb The Beekeeper

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