Thursday April 3rd, 2014 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Be The Change: Confessions of an Accidental Activist
Elaine Hall “Coach E!, referenced by The New York Times as “the child whisperer,” and nominated by LA Magazine as one of “Los Angeles’ 50 most inspiring women”, was a top Hollywood children’s acting coach whose life changed dramatically after her son Neal, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was diagnosed with autism. When traditional therapies didn’t work, she sought guidance from luminaries in the field of autism, such as Dr. Barry Prizant and the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan. Inspired by a relationship approach to understanding her son’s autism, she rallied creative people to join Neal’s world, which brought Neal out of his isolation.
Elaine developed these methods to create The Miracle Project, a groundbreaking theatre-based socialization program, profiled in the EMMY winning HBO film, AUTISM: The Musical.
Elaine has appeared on CNN, CBS, Oprah Radio, NPR, and featured in The LA Times, the Boston Globe, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Her memoir, Now I See the Moon, was chosen by the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day 2011 and as selected reading by the International Jewish Disability Awareness Month Consortium, February 2013. A champion for Inclusion, she is an international keynote speaker, a workshop leader, blogs for the Huffington Post and LA Parent Magazine, and was an invited to speaker at The United Nations for World Autism Awareness Month 2009, 2011 and 2013. In 2013, her son joined her at The United Nations using assistive technology to present to an audience of over 400 people.
Elaine presented her latest book, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Creating Miracles In The Classroom at an International Conference in Jerusalem. She has received honors from Autism Speaks, Autism Society of L.A., The Mayor of Los Angeles, Senator Pavley, Areva Martin, Holly Robinson Peete, Etta Israel, The Shalom Institute among others.
Elaine and her team are now launching The Miracle Project nationally. She also created an arts enrichment and a religious education program at Vista Del Mar in Los Angeles which recently received a Jewish Community Foundation grant to provide training in Inclusion throughout L.A. Synagogues. Her Inclusion from WithIn (I Win) program is launching in faith-based communities and her flagship program, The Miracle Project Judaica was selected by the Slingshot Guide as one of 18 most innovative inclusive programs for individuals with disabilities in North America. She lives in Santa Monica, CA with the two loves of her life: 19 year old awesome son, Neal, and her husband, Jeff Frymer, a therapist.
ISHA is honored to have a world renowned speaker join us at convention this year. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Elaine share her perspective, expertise, and ideas with us during three different sessions available at convention.
Other opportunities to hear Elaine Hall speak during convention
Thursday April 3rd, 2014 1:30pm – 3:00 pm
Using Music, Movement, Theatre and Art to Enhance Communication and Foster Inclusion
ISHA Movie Night on Thursday April 3rd, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmAUTISM: The Musical