MUNCIE COMMUNITY UNITES TO TELL STORIES OF AUTISM
The Facing Autism Monologue Event will occur November 2nd at 6:00 p.m. on the
Muncie Civic Theatre Main Stage
As the old saying goes, “You never truly understand a person until you have a walked a mile in his/her shoes.” And that adage comes to life on November 2nd as Muncie comes together to Face Autism from all angles by sharing the stories of those who face autism each day.
Through a partnership between The Facing Project and Interlock East Central Indiana, 17 stories were collected from the first-person perspectives of moms, dads, caregivers, and those on the autism disorder spectrum. The memories and experiences were compiled into a book titled, Facing Autism in Muncie. In addition to the stories, the book provides a directory for all autism resources in the greater Muncie area—including families who are willing to be contacted as an additional support network.
In partnership with Muncie Civic Theatre and the Ball State University Department of Theatre and Dance, the stories will come to life on the Muncie Civic Theatre Main Stage on November 2nd at 6:00 p.m. through the Facing Autism in Muncie Monologues. Adapted from the book, this performance event will be a night of celebration and reflection. Attendees will receive a free copy of the book.
Chad Shelley, President of Interlock, hopes this storytelling project will create better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder. “These stories will take you on a journey that no one plans to take. Our hope is that you will be inspired and encouraged that a diagnosis doesn’t define someone; it is only a part of who they are.”
Because of personal experiences, Mayor Dennis Tyler feels honored that Muncie has come together for autism and he is proud to be a part of the project. “Autism is a word that is close to my heart. Long before my grandson was diagnosed on the spectrum, I served as an advocate for autism awareness and policy change on the Statehouse Autism Committee. Being a part of this project allows Muncie to shine as a beacon of light for other communities. Munsonians have always had a way of coming together to overcome challenges and celebrate successes. This has never been truer than with the autism spectrum community.”
The co-founders of The Facing Project are excited to bring the project to their hometown. Kelsey Timmerman, a co-founder of The Facing Project, feels that Muncie has the spirit and energy to embrace challenges and celebrate successes. “Bringing The Facing Project to Muncie through Facing Autism has been a no brainer. When J.R. and I launched the project, we made the agreement to give back to Muncie through Facing because it is our hometown. Autism is often a misunderstood disorder by the general public because of the width of the spectrum, so working with Interlock to tell these stories to bring awareness has been a huge honor for both of us.”
The Facing Autism in Muncie Monologues will feature nine stories from the Facing Autism in Muncie book, with appearances by Mayor Dennis Tyler, President of Interlock Chad Shelley, co-Founders of The Facing Project J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman, and performances by the Ball State University Prism Project. Steve Brown from WERK Radio will emcee the night.
This event is free and open to the public. To learn more: http://www.muncieautism.facingproject.com/.