24 Jan Arts For All Abilities Consortium and Adam Goldberg on CBS Sunday Morning
I am on a committee for the Arts For All Abilities Consortium. Every month or so we get together and look at videos of different arts providers and specialists who work with students with developmental disabilities. Our committee includes members who are professional music teachers, visual arts teachers, dance teachers, drama teachers and teaching artists. We also collaborate with school administrators including principals to discuss the various ways that the arts help students with developmental disabilities. We discuss everything from the improvement of fine/gross motor skills, improved communication, focus, eye contact and feelings of accomplishment. We recently reviewed a company who teaches flamenco dance classes to students with developmental disabilities.
One of the people who inspires me the most is one of our committee members. His name is Adam Goldberg. He was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning. He works with a group of high school students on the autism spectrum to create music using Ipads. They have performed for large audiences and in front of the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. They write original music. They are absolutely outstanding. When I first saw them perform several years ago it took my breath away. Here is their video from CBS Sunday Morning. Check it out: