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Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Producing Autism-Friendly Show

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is that Broadway musical version of Spider-Man that was plagued by accidents and legal problems.

Now that things are running much smoother for the production, they have announced they will be performing a first-ever autism-friendly production!

The show is going to seriously cut down on things like strobe lights and loud, harsh sounds that could really bother an autistic person.

There will also be autism experts staffing quiet areas inside the theater. They'll have bean bag chairs and coloring books for anyone who is overwhelmed by the show and needs a break.

The director of the Theatre Development Fund, a nonprofit that provides access to live theater, said:

"We're grateful to the show's producers, management and creative staff and crew for accommodating the Autism Theatre Initiative and uniting with us to make the show an unforgettable experience for all."

The nonprofit bought every single matinee ticket there was for the April 27th show at Foxwoods Theatre and will offer them at a discount to autistic kids and adults.

That's so great!!

Tickets will range in price from $35-$80, so if you have an autistic family member, friend or have autism yourself, grab a ticket and go see one heck of a play!

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7 comments to “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Producing Autism-Friendly Show”

  1. sarah says – reply to this


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    Perez! Please join the person-first language movement "autistic" is not politically correct. The child or person HAS autism. The label "autistic" ensues that is who the person are, the label "has autism" recognizes that autism is just something they have. Put the person before the diagnosis please! Coming from a person who works with people with disabilities, I know they would prefer it! Thanks!

  2. Susan says – reply to this


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    Re: sarah – I have autism and I don't care if someone says a person is autistic or that they have autism. In fact, this is the first I've seen of someone getting offended by it. As a person with a disability, Sarah certinally is not speaking for all people with disabilities and I'm more offended by her comment and language as some kind of authority on autism and the preferences of those people than somebody saying I'm autistic. Please don't try to speak for an entire group of people. Thanks!



  3. 3

    This is so awesome!!!!!



  4. 4

    Re: sarah – Well, that is not even remotely offense to my partner or to me. We adopted a 2 year old, and he is classified as "severely autistic with SIB and epilepsy." He is now 20, nonverbal, SIB behavior, epileptic, and AUTISTIC. If we get bogged down in jargon, then parents trying to help their children will never receive help. Our son is required 2:1 care, determined by the STATE, but the state does not fund it. My partner and I work different shifts in order to avoid putting him in a group care facility. Let's choose our battles, PLEASE.



  5. 5

    Re: samfio – You must be high-functioning. Were you ever non-verbal? How did you learn to communicate so effectively with autism?



  6. 6

    Re: Susan – And honestly, the more I think about what you said, the angrier I become. You WORK with AUTISTIC people. Where? How long? 24/7? Until you have that under your "credentials," do not speak for us who live it 24/7. I have video of what PARENTS are fighting for, and it is not "autistic" vs. "autism."



  7. 7

    I'm sorry, just got home from a 12 hour shift and sitting beside my autistic son who is sitting in the hot tub. (He loves water as do most individuals suffering from autism.) My temper is low, and I ask that before you comment on jargon, talk to a parent or someone dealing with autism 24/7. Perez and staff - bravo for shedding awareness, and please ignore all the comments like using "autism" vs. "autistic." That is not the battle we choose. We simply ask that awareness also be shed on LOW-FUNCTIONING autistics instead of functioning or savants.