Music Rocks Autism is a growing music showcase in the Maryland music scene. Founded by Linda Cain, this one woman organization continues to expand by bring together independent artists, bands, and music enthusiasts to draw attention to the fastest-growing, serious developmental disability in the United States. There is much people do not understand about autism. Here are just some of the facts:
- Autism affects 1 in 88 children
- Autism costs families (on average) $60,000 a year
- There is no medical cure for autism
- Boys are five times more likely to have autism than girls
- Research funding for autism ranks lower than many less prevalent childhood diseases
Because these bullet points are simply the “tip of the iceberg,” much more needs to be done to help bring about awareness of what autism does to a family. Now, every little bit of help counts, which is why putting together music shows seems to be effective since musicians and fans alike come face to face with the reality of what autism is. Of course, coming together for a night of good music can be fun, too. But at the end of the day, we all have a responsibility to be cognizant and supportive of others in our community dealing with this very real issue. Perhaps it is the least musicians can do, but the reward of becoming a little more enlightened about autism and helping Linda Cain’s organization gain more attention from the public -all the while playing great live music- makes it all worth the time and effort.
It is easy to misunderstand what is really happening with someone who has autism. Children with autism are often overlooked, cast aside, or ignored because they seem different. The range and severity of how autism affects someone varies, but are usually categorized by social-interaction difficulties, challenges in how they communicate, and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. For some these may be mild challenges, but for more severe cases, the inability to speak and repetitive tendencies often interfere for normal, every day life. This, as you can imagine, puts quite a burden on parents and families with autistic children. For more detailed information on the various symptoms of autism, check out www.autismspeaks.org.
Parents with autistic children face many challenges every day. Helping a child with autism can be a full time job. For that and many other reasons, Music Rock Autism has found a place in the Maryland music scene. Bands from many walks of life come together for a worthy cause: to bring awareness and to help out families coping with the countless challenges of autism. Money that is raised by these benefit shows goes toward this cause. There is a great mountain to climb with autism and it may take a long time to find a cure. In the meantime, we can all do our part and support Music Rocks Autism. Check out the shows and make a difference. At least with the many bands and good music, you can still have a great time while helping spread the word about autism.
June 15th at the Fish Head Cantina is the anniversary show for Music Rocks Autism. The show features a variety of acts including Native Grave, Chatterbox, Baby Jane and much more. The show is an all day music showcase that starts at Noon and goes on until 2 AM. This is a terrific way to show support for Linda Cain’s organization and the Baltimore music scene in general. For more information, please check out the links below and come out to the shows!