The Miracle Project
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2012)|
The Miracle Project is a theater and film program for autistic children and their siblings and friends, which was featured in the HBO documentary Autism: The Musical. The documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and won two Emmy awards and many Audience Awards.
The program was founded by Elaine Hall. Elaine also coaches children seeking show business careers, as well as autistic and neurotypical children with relationship, self-esteem and self-confidence issues. Elaine's adopted son Neal has autism, and she has published a book Now I See the Moon about her life as his mother. Elaine and Diane have also produced a DVD series entitled 7 Keys to Unlocking the World of Autism. Elaine has been featured in The Autism Perspective magazine, and has received the Angel Award from the Malibu Special Education Foundation, the Kinus Award for Outstanding Achievement (in Canada) and the Miracle Worker Award from Autism Speaks.
The Miracle Project also produced a CD entitled Fly...Into the World of Autism, featuring music written by children in the project and performed by Jack Black, Macy Gray, Jason Alexander, Stephen Stills, and other celebrities.
The Miracle Project at Sea
The Miracle Project linked up with an Autistic Support Group who assists families cruising with individuals with special needs. Together the Miracle Project worked side by side with this group of individuals to put together a performance (comedy/music) to be preformed in front of an audience on board Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. Practices were held daily where the individuals learned songs, parts, created instruments, and interacted with one another to put together a performance of their lifetime! With the help of some great staff and amazing individuals the show was a success!