Have you heard of the name Calum Courtney? If not, you certainly will in the future.
Calum who was diagnosed with autism at 9 has found a passion of music.
When we were sent a video to our A Special Community Facebook Page of him singing Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ we were blown away by his talent. It immediately blew up receiving over 3.3 Million views.
We were so happy to give Calum a platform to highlight his talent. Something we constantly discuss is the ‘deficit model’ where we focus 99% of the time on what someone’s weaknesses are and not enough time on strengths. When Calum’s video was posted we were sent videos from families around the country wanting to highlight their loved ones talents. It was quite an amazing thing to see.
Calum has moved on since we first heard him to perform on Britain’s Got Talent (Simon Cowell) and actually became a finalist on the show.
Since then we’ve also had the opportunity to host many of his covers on our A Special Community Facebook Page including…
‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran
‘I Have Nothing’ also by Whitney Houston
One Call Away by Charlie Puth
Music therapy was pivotal to my own journey growing up on the autism spectrum. Has music positively impacted someone you love? Message our Facebook Page to let us know!
Kerry Magro, a professional speaker and best-selling author who is also on the autism spectrum started the nonprofit KFM Making a Difference in 2011 to help students with autism receive scholarship aid to pursue a post-secondary education.
Have Kerry, one of the only professionally accredited speakers on the spectrum in the country, speak at your next event by sending him an inquiry here. If you have a referral for someone who many want him to speak please reach out as well! Kerry speaks with schools, businesses, government agencies, colleges, nonprofit organizations, parent groups and other special events on topics ranging from employment, how to succeed in college with a learning disability, internal communication, living with autism, bullying prevention, social media best practices, innovation, presentation best practices and much more!