Derogatory lyric in Drake and J.Cole’s Jodeci Freestyle to be dubbed

We have been following developments on J.Cole and Drake’s single Jodeci Freestyle for a few weeks now, expecting news of the removal of the lyric which has caused explosions within the Autism Community. The song, released on Saturday June 22nd cause an uproar within the Autism Community, with numerous complaints online, in print and aired […]

Campaign Successful: Apology made to Autism Community for “Jodeci Freestyle” Lyrics

  J.Cole who hadn’t tweeted in two weeks added this to his tweets last evening: I said something in a rap that was offensive to those with Autism. Feel terrible. A tweeted apology wouldn’t do. dreamvillain.net/autismspeaks/  — J. Cole (@JColeNC) July 21, 2013 Response from his Twitter followers and others have been favourable. The full letter […]

Jodeci Freestyle lyric petitioner voices concern to top UK music retailer HMV

  Tesco mother of the year, and newly honoured on the Queen’s honours list for her work and dedication in educating children with Autism, Anna Kennedy OBE tells Autism Daily Newscast of the next steps in the fight against rappers use of discriminatory language. On July 16, we reported Ms Kennedy had opened a petition voicing grave concerns […]

Taylor Swift invites young boy with autism to tour show – w/video

Pembroke Pines, Fla. — Jacob Velazquez, the seven-year-old extraordinary kid whom we first wrote about last year, wowed yet another celebrity in the person of world-famous singer Taylor Swift— who couldn’t help but invite him over to one of her shows as she goes on tour. Jacob, who is a huge fan of Swift, composed […]

The Autistix Band: overcoming hurdles with talent – w/video

London — A group of friends from North London found a great way to overcome challenges that come with the developmental disabilities that they are all facing— by using their musical talents. Jack Beavan-Duggan, Luke Steels, and Saul Zur-Szpiro— collectively known as The Autistix— have been through difficult situations that most people with autism unfortunately […]

Press Release – Guinness World Record™ Marathon Challenge, All Proceeds Will Be Donated to Autism Speaks LI

Riverhead, NY – July 28, 2015 – On August 11-15, 2015, Darren Stakey will attempt to break the Guinness World Records™ for the Longest Singing Marathon and Longest Marathon Playing Piano at The Outerbanks Restaurant, Indian Island Golf Course in Riverhead, NY 11901. About Stay Key Local recording artist and talented singer, Stay Key, is […]

Singing group helps to raise autism awareness

Hampshire, UK – A local singing group for adults with ASD is aiming to raise autism awareness by performing for members of the public throughout the community. The Singing Spectrum is a unique group consisting of adults with autism that provides an avenue through which its members can connect with the public through music. They perform at […]

Music of the genome hits a discord with autism

The below article originally appeared on The Conversation website. By Jeffrey Craig, Anthony Hannan and Yuk Jing Loke. We still do not know what causes autism, but insights from the burgeoning field of epigenetics are helping to reveal the subtle factors that can contribute to the disorder. Autism spectrum disorder (autism for short) is a term […]

Man with autism releases children’s CD

Solana Beach, CA –  20-year-old Reid Moriarty is set to debut his first album titled “Purple Party” at its release party in Del Mar. The children’s album was written partly by Reid and his music teacher of 13 years, Angela Neve. Neve also served as co-producer. Reid was inspired to learn music when he was […]

DJ with autism uses music to overcome barriers

Prince George, BC – A man with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is using deejaying and his love for music, both to earn money and to cope with some of the symptoms that are inherent to the disorder. For the majority of his life Kyle Brochu found it difficult to deal with loud noises, crowds and […]