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The Unexpected Gift: Autism & Music | Gwendolyn and Zayne Harshaw | TEDxHilliard
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Added Sep 22, 2016
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At 4 years old Zayne was diagnosed with autism. Gwen will share how they found strength through Zayne’s gifts instead of focusing on his weaknesses. Today, Zayne is a member of the band Blue Spectrum which has 2 other autistic members. He taught himself to play the guitar. Music has really transformed him from a painfully shy boy to an extremely confident musician.

Gwen's son's diagnosis has transformed her life. She works in the special needs community and is on 4 boards related to special needs & autism: Ohio State Independent Living Council,
Arts & Autism Institute, Food for Good Thought, Center for Autism Services & Transition. Gwen is also involved with managing and marketing Zayne's band Blue Spectrum as well as volunteering in related events.

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