Art Beats & Eats Opens Early For Families With Autism

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Royal Oak, MI – Annual Labor day weekend festival Art Beats & Eats hosted a special day for families with autism called Family Days. The amazing festival for the 1,600 families with autism included free parking, carnival rides especially designed for their children, food, and the chance to come a whole hour early to avoid the often stressful crowds. AB&E producer Jon Witz told The Detroit Free Press that couldn’t be happier for Tucker, his 13-year-old son on the spectrum who got to attend.

Witz said:

“Watching all the kids be together and seeing him being a part of it — on the rides, having lunch with the other kids and their families — I was happy to make that possible. All of them had a special day together,”

But one the best aspects of this festival was that there were volunteers from Autism Alliance of Michigan in Southfield ready to provide information for and answers  to questions on health insurance issues, advocacy, and education for families affected by the learning difference.

Witz told The Detroit Free Press:

“We got so much great feedback from that. It just warms me up. Brought a tear to my eye, I’ll tell you that.” 

Musical acts of the festival include Night Ranger, “American Idol” runner up Jena Irene, .38 Special, Third Eye Blind, Village People, and Theory Of A Deadman. 

To learn more about this amazing festival please read the original article by Kurt Anthony Krug in the Detroit Free Press here

The Art Beats & Eats website can be found here