Download the single from iTunes today! Only 99 cents but it can make a huge difference.
“Not So Different” is a song and music video created to inspire acceptance, awareness, and action for the 1 in 68 children (and tens of millions of people worldwide) on the Autism spectrum. 100% of sales of this song benefit Autism programs, services, and research.
Our audacious goal is to raise at least $1 for every child on the spectrum (there are 2 million in America alone), starting with $2 million in 2014.
We invite all our brothers and sisters worldwide to “join together and help sing the song”, as the song says! Please download “Not So Different” and share it with friends. You’ll be helping create and sustain much-needed programs like educational, after-school, and early intervention programs; services like therapy, family counseling, and learning assistance; and ongoing research in the Autism field.
Sales of the downloads benefit Autism organizations, and will benefit programs as well. Already, “Not So Different” has contributed to many organizations worldwide, including Autism Speaks, Music for Autism, Fact Family- and the list continues to grow as schools, programs, and organizations from the UK to Canada, LA to Florida, and beyond use the song in plays, animated videos, Walks, choral groups, and at their own benefit events.
And that’s what we are all about! Creating community, inspiring unity and strength, and most of all, accepting each other for who we are without judging or changing- just loving each other exactly as we are. We ALL have challenges. But in the end, we want the same things: to love and be loved, to feel safe, to be accepted for who we are, to do some good in the world that makes us feel good.
HOW WAS “NOT SO DIFFERENT” CREATED?
In late 2013, a New York mother of 2 boys on the Autism spectrum, Vanessa, asked her friend, international singer/songwriter Cassandra Kubinski, to write a song for an Autism walk in the Fall. Inspired by the challenge to write something so specific to a community, but that would also prove universal, Cassandra interviewed a variety of other parents of children on the spectrum, getting into their world and hearing about their experiences with diagnosis, therapy, and most of all, the love and commitment to their children. According to Cassandra:
“When Vanessa asked me to write a song for her walk, I knew this was a way to use the healing power of music to contribute to the cause. I wrote “Not So Different” to inspire acceptance, love, and perseverance, and to give people dealing with autism an anthem that lets them know they are not alone. When you think that one in every 88 children is diagnosed as being on the spectrum, there is a real opportunity for “Not So Different” to make a concrete contribution to autism programs, services, and research, and many people to spread the good word. Music has always been a healing, uplifting, cathartic experience for me, and I want it to be that worldwide for the Autism community.”
“Not So Different” singer/songwriter Cassandra Kubinski
INFO FROM www.AutismSpeaks.org
Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.
ASD affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years.