Our Music Enrichment Program
JoyDew began with the premise that the capabilities of adults with autism
are greater and more versatile than the opportunities available. Today,
one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism, and up until the age of 21,
they are integrated into the school system. But once they reach the age
of 21, this support system vanishes. Over 90% of them will be unemployed.
At JoyDew, we believe we can change this grim reality. We are preparing
to open our second location in New Jersey geared towards career
development. Using a strength-based approach, we work to identify the
special talents of adults with autism and match them with high-value
employment. We cultivate the unique abilities of adults with autism,
rather than focusing on their disability. We believe that by treating our
members as capable rather than unable, we can help them become
productive members of society.
We are initiating our program with a curriculum aimed not only to teach
job-specific skills, but also to enrich the lives of our program's members.
On staff, we have an acclaimed musician who will teach music enrichment
to our members. Through music, we will offer our members much more than
just a new leisure activity. We believe that music offers a powerful means of self-expression to those who often struggle to communicate. Through playing music in a group, we offer a novel opportunity for social interaction and community. Perhaps most importantly, music can become a tool for self-regulation—a strategy to redirect and channel emotion through a positive, creative outlet.
If you, too, believe in the transformative power of music and want to empower people with autism to reach their full potential, please consider donating to our cause. We are currently raising money to purchase ukuleles for our members, and would truly appreciate your help.