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"The tune is accessible to everyone": the project that integrates children with special needs in musical ensembles Israel today

2022-07-05T06:11:01.480Z

The "Eco" program connects children with special needs to those who do not, to create musical ensembles • Tomer, one of the instructors, who is also on the spectrum: "We have power in our ability to speak the same language"



19 years ago, Shirley Wiener, a special education woman, found herself the mother of her own child on the autism spectrum.

Her personal life was mixed with the professional ones, and this led her to initiate a program that would help parents like her, children with special needs, in the field of music.

"He was the inspiration for all this," she says of Image, an organization she founded in 2014 that took special education children out of the niche of percussion and drums only and introduced them to instruments like guitars, violins and cellos.

"I remember myself when he was little looking in candles for classes that would understand that this was a child who needed special adjustments and attention. During his elementary school years I worked on creating social frameworks for him. At some point, when his functioning really went up, I said 'I want to do that too. Other children '".

In 2020, it is a member of the "Tarbut" movement to create the "Eco" project, which brings together in the periphery between children with special needs and those who do not, to create musical ensembles.

Today, the final performance of the program will be held at the Jerusalem YMCA, where he will be hosted and performed live with the participants of the Muki singer project.

"We are a body of knowledge that works with all kinds of institutions and projects around the world, including Berkeley College of Music in Boston," Weiner explains.

"The world of leisure is a very sad subject. A few years ago there was a study by the Community Center Society, which said that 90 percent of parents do not want their children to study with children with special needs.

There is always a group of specials and they are usually separated, so there is no social fabric and an opportunity to experience real friendship with children without needs. "

"As a child or teenager, a place like this could have been amazing for me," says Tomer Kadima, 24, an activity coordinator on the project's leading team, who also knows the subject from his personal life.

"I have been a musician, playing the piano and music instructor for many years. This project connects me because of my experience on the autistic continuum. It is something that speaks to me and I have been looking for it for years. Music is accessible to everyone, we have the power to speak the same language and understand "Middle of what our trainees are dealing with. I see no reason why people like me, in high function, should not be equal among equals."

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Source: israelhayom

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