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Beyond Limitations: Drumming with Special Need Populations

by John Scalici

In early 2007, I was having a conversation with a friend, Randy Crow, who is an
independent film maker. I was telling him about my rhythm facilitation
work with mentally/physically challenged adults and kids. He said, "You're doing what?" He couldn't believe what I had accomplished after just a few visits.

At that time, he was looking for stories to submit to the Hallmark Channel's "New Morning Show", and asked if I'd be interested in being part of the show. Of course, I agreed.

What you will see in this video clip is about 3 days worth of filming
at United Cerebral Palsy (Birmingham) and the Alabama Institute for
the Deaf and Blind (Talladega).

I am thankful that I was able to share with the rest of the country how creative each of us is. Everyone has the power to be creative and expressive on many levels.

What I learned most of all is that these mentally/physically challenged individuals do not limit themselves, are not self-conscious, shy, or too proud to let go and play.

You'll see what I mean. They are my greatest teachers.

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