Making Light Productions centers around an inclusive theatre arts program for kids of all abilities. Inclusive means that kids of all abilities learn together. A 2005 Vanderbilt University Study concludes that theatre programs help kids with autism learn to recognize faces, play in groups and communicate with others. And “typical” kids never have to be taught that kids with special needs make great friends and have remarkable contributions to bring
to a group. They've experienced that for themselves.
Many arts programs require a level of independent functioning that might not be possible for all kids with disabilities if a parent or therapist needs to attend a music lesson, theatre rehearsal or dance class with them. Making Light Productions' open door policy encourages parent and therapist involvement with our FDLE-screened staff. We also embrace accommodation and adaptation to help each child make the most of his or her lessons and classes.
Our enrollments show that this concept is working. In September 2016, we had 21 enrollments from about 15 families participating in voice and piano lessons at Making Light. Since then we’ve added 21 group classes and expanded our private lessons to offer voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, percussion, violin, acting, dance, and art. We now have 111 families and 228 enrollments. A significant number of our families are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other cognitive or attention-deficit issues; these families currently make up approximately 43% of our clientele. We also had 124 campers last summer, half of whom had ASD or other cognitive or attention-deficit issues.