MORRISTOWN, NJ - Tonight, Monday December 12 at 7pm, Elaine Hall, author of 'The Seven Keys to Unlock Autism' and founder/artistic director of The Miracle Project, an evidence-based, award-winning program that uses music, dance and theatre to expand the potential of children with autism, will be offering a FREE lecture at  the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)  

The lecture will discuss how Ms. Hall’s The Miracle Project program uses performing arts to provide children on the autism spectrum with tools to build communication, social skills and self-esteem through inclusive theatre, and how she intends to implement that program at MPAC.

“We are thrilled to bring our Miracle Project training to MPAC,” said Elaine Hall, founder and artistic director of The Miracle Project. “The need for this program is profound. The rate of New Jersey children diagnosed with autism is much higher than the national average. MPAC and The Miracle Project are so aligned in the way we approach the arts that it was such a natural fit.”

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According to the Miracle Project,  2.5% of children in New Jersey are diagnosed with autism, considerably higher than the national average of 1.5%. To help meet the growing needs of those affected with autism, The Mayo Performing Arts Center, Elaine Hall and The Miracle Project are bringing a new course curriculum to children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs in 2017. 

“Establishing The Miracle Project at MPAC is a milestone for our arts education program and an amazing opportunity for us to expand our offerings to serve children of all needs,” said Cathy Roy, Education Director, MPAC. “We’re looking forward to training with Elaine Hall and becoming certified as the only Miracle Project provider in the state of New Jersey where 1 in 41 children are affected by autism. There is a great need here for a program like this and we are very honored to be a part of it. The program is aligned with our philosophy of building selfesteem and acceptance through the use of collaboration and artistic expression. I’m really looking forward to all the ways we’ll be able to help empower the lives of these children and expose them to the wonder and excitement of theatre!”

MPAC will offer The Miracle Project, a unique, inclusive program, for the first time anywhere in New Jersey.  The program utilizes music, dance and theatre to unlock the creativity, personalities, and great potential of children with autism and their neurotypical peers.

For more information, visit http://www.mayoarts.org/education/the-miracle-project