Center for Applied Drama & Autism

Center for Applied Drama & Autism Empowering people with autism to navigate the world through drama! CADA is a non-profit organization for people on the spectrum, providing programming for ages 8 and up, operating under the fiduciary sponsorship of The Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture in Akron, OH.
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Mission: The Center for Applied Drama and Autism is committed to providing opportunities for individuals on the Autism Spectrum, and their communities, that support their social and emotional well-being, growth, and empowerment by encouraging individual and collaborative success through drama in an inclusive, safe environment that celebrates diversity and the joy of the creative arts. 

Operating as usual

As you're holiday shopping this weekend, safely at home for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you can support CADA by signin...
11/27/2020

As you're holiday shopping this weekend, safely at home for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you can support CADA by signing up for AmazonSmile and selecting us as your charity.

And don't miss out on the fun! Put on your detective hats and join us, live on Zoom, December 5 ONLY at 7:30PM! #autismtheatre #virtualtheatre #blackfriday #cybermonday
Buy tickets at: https://bit.ly/35U72zD

11/26/2020
More than $5.1 million in grants provided to 180 nonprofits through federal CARES Act funds - Akron Community Foundation

🌽🍁 We are so thankful to Akron Community Foundation for granting us CARES Act funding, so that we may continue to serve actors of all abilities, safely, virtually, and internationally! https://bit.ly/2J9qShx

Nearly 200 local nonprofit organizations have been awarded $5,135,000 in grants from the County of Summit and Akron Community Foundation through the Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Program, as well as through an additional contribution from Summit DD. The program, announced earlier thi...

11/24/2020
Eddie Torial Promo - Newsense

Meet Joe Newsense's beleaguered producer: all this undermining must be stressful for Eddie... but enough for murder? Find out more on December 5, when "Total Newsense: A Murder Mystery Podcast" airs live on Zoom. https://bit.ly/2KvVytL

This is "Eddie Torial Promo - Newsense" by Wendy Duke on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Yesterday, at one of the final rehearsals for "Total Newsense: A Murder Mystery Podcast," CADA's newest virtual performa...
11/23/2020

Yesterday, at one of the final rehearsals for "Total Newsense: A Murder Mystery Podcast," CADA's newest virtual performance, actors were riffing off of and encouraging one another, creating dialogue based on nothing but a vague prompt or circumstance. It is immediately apparent that this is a safe place to try new things. Don't miss out on the fun! Put on your detective hats and join us, live on Zoom, December 5 at 7:30PM to find out: What happened to Joe Newsense? Who is the lead suspect? And, what's the deal with deprivation chambers?
Buy tickets at: https://bit.ly/35U72zD

Teachers, continue your education and expand your expertise with CADA! 🧠 Register at: centerforada.square.site, and shar...
11/18/2020

Teachers, continue your education and expand your expertise with CADA! 🧠 Register at: centerforada.square.site, and share with your colleagues and friends! We're all in this together. #teachinginapandemic #autism #autismtheatre #virtuallearning

Theatre on the Spectrum
11/09/2020

Theatre on the Spectrum

Join us tomorrow for November Expressions Open Mic. We'll be streaming live from The Center for Applied Drama and Autism's FB page at 1 PM ET.

Here are some lessons COVID-19 has inextricably instilled in us:1. We can adapt to anything.2. While we miss gathering i...
11/06/2020
How Our Autism-Inclusive Theatre Company Is Adapting to the Pandemic

Here are some lessons COVID-19 has inextricably instilled in us:

1. We can adapt to anything.
2. While we miss gathering in person, virtualization can break down barriers that prevent new people from attending our classes and performances, such as social anxiety and geographical distance.
3. Technology reveals and responds to unique needs in our actors. Any support we receive allows us to acquire equipment such as microphones and headphones for the hearing impaired, tripods for actors who have difficulty setting up their iPad in a suitable recording position, and green screens to create theatrical backgrounds.
4. Art is essential. It is the pastime of the privileged but the lifeblood of the disadvantaged.

Read more in our story on The Mighty!

"In the middle of these frankly terrifying times, we can feel safe together."

Winter Session classes are now available for purchase on our website.Siblings receive a 15% discount by entering the cod...
11/05/2020

Winter Session classes are now available for purchase on our website.

Siblings receive a 15% discount by entering the code SIBLINGSRULE at checkout.

Come learn with us! ❄ All classes are online.

Congratulations to the eight playwrights whose work will be presented in our first ever One-Act Play Festival! We asked ...
11/03/2020

Congratulations to the eight playwrights whose work will be presented in our first ever One-Act Play Festival! We asked for work by disabled or autistic playwrights and we are so excited by the variety of plays received from around the world! We will be making more announcements about how to apply to direct a play and about auditioning to act in the festival in the coming weeks! The plays will be presented online between March and June 2021!

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10/31/2020

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Stay tuned for Winter 2021 class announcements!
10/31/2020

Stay tuned for Winter 2021 class announcements!

10/30/2020
Joe Newsense Trailer #3

Joe Newsense Trailer #3

This is "Joe Newsense Trailer #3" by Wendy Duke on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

10/29/2020
Joe Newsense Trailer #3

Joe Newsense is a podcast sensation, however there is just one problem… somebody’s murdered him. Find out whodunnit on December 5 at 8PM, live on Zoom!

https://bit.ly/3jGVUts

This is "Joe Newsense Trailer #3" by Wendy Duke on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

We will be presenting the poetry of Sean Giannetti live today at 1 PM EDT!
10/26/2020

We will be presenting the poetry of Sean Giannetti live today at 1 PM EDT!

10/24/2020
ASD - I Got You Babe

A new band called ASD, named for Autism Spectrum Disorder, invited people on the spectrum from around the world to film themselves listening and playing along to their cover of Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe."

"Because with most people on the spectrum, they usually have one thing that they're really focused on," ASD's drummer says. "But if you want to focus on music, you'd be really good at it and I think it would be also just really good for your brain just to have something like that to do and focus on."

With the formation of the ASD band (named for Autism Spectrum Disorder), Canadian autism charity Jake’s House is helping those on the spectrum showcase their...

Don't miss out on CADA's modern take on a the classic whodunnit!1. Follow along on our social media as we reveal clues o...
10/23/2020
Fundraiser Event for Center for Applied Drama and Autism

Don't miss out on CADA's modern take on a the classic whodunnit!
1. Follow along on our social media as we reveal clues over the next month.
2. Watch Total Newsense: A Murder Mystery Podcast live on Zoom, December 5 @8PM. Put on your detective hat and help us solve the mystery.
3. Make it a true dinner and a show by participating in our Panda Express fundraiser from anywhere in the United States! Order for pickup or delivery with the code 901284 and 28% of sales will be donated to CADA, so that we may continue to serve people of all abilities.

Raise money for Center for Applied Drama and Autism

10/21/2020
Flint Lackey Promo

If you were Joe Newsense's sidekick, wouldn't you want to step out of his shadow from time to time? Find out more on December 5, when "Total Newsense: A Murder Mystery Podcast" airs live on Zoom.

This is "Flint Lackey Promo" by Wendy Duke on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

10/13/2020
Joe Newsense Trailer #1-FINAL

"Total Newsense: A Murder Mystery Podcast" will air live on Zoom on December 5, 2020. Put on your detective hats and join us! https://vimeo.com/465126176

This is "Joe Newsense Trailer #1-FINAL" by Wendy Duke on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Samir is amazed to find Piglet in his Zoom meeting!  Thanks Zoom for all the cool new filters -- be sure to download the...
10/08/2020

Samir is amazed to find Piglet in his Zoom meeting! Thanks Zoom for all the cool new filters -- be sure to download the latest upgrade to add virtual filters to enhance your Zoom experience.

Check out the CADA October Newsletter for our continuing spotlight series on our teachers, a sneak peek of our newest pr...
10/07/2020

Check out the CADA October Newsletter for our continuing spotlight series on our teachers, a sneak peek of our newest project and much more: https://conta.cc/36Bzozu.

Put this on your calendars!
10/05/2020
Summit County Arts & Culture Townhall

Put this on your calendars!

Join arts & culture sector colleagues from across Summit County for an opportunity to receive an advocacy update and reconnect.

09/30/2020
Better Times Will Come ASL video by Carla Warnock

Great commentary from Janis Ian:

When I was a child, riding the bus to school, I'd sometimes see two people gesticulating madly, laughing too loudly, and handing out little cards to other pa...

Register for the Teacher Training Workshops here: https://t.co/3WxTSJgrLC. Discounts on multiple sessions with the code ...
09/29/2020

Register for the Teacher Training Workshops here: https://t.co/3WxTSJgrLC. Discounts on multiple sessions with the code TEACHTRAIN20. #applieddrama #theatreforautism

Check out our students enjoying In-Motion Class with Bhawna Sudhir! They are learning how to create movement sequences i...
09/29/2020

Check out our students enjoying In-Motion Class with Bhawna Sudhir! They are learning how to create movement sequences inspired by word combinations. This is a very exciting class that we plan on offering on a regular basis. It is for all ages and abilities!

Jordan Euell's Writers' Workshop class is an exciting group collaboration project. Students learn how to create a script...
09/29/2020

Jordan Euell's Writers' Workshop class is an exciting group collaboration project. Students learn how to create a script by developing characters, settings, and actions!

We have a special Open Mic coming up for October, featuring the poetry of Sean Giannetti as performed by members of Thea...
09/23/2020

We have a special Open Mic coming up for October, featuring the poetry of Sean Giannetti as performed by members of Theatre on the Spectrum. Please note that FB has changed its rules about live-streaming music. Performers may no longer use music under copyright unless they have permission. We are encouraging artists to create original music, work with spoken word etc.

The Akronist
09/23/2020

The Akronist

The Center for Applied Drama & Autism is hosting two new virtual workshops, taught by Bhawna Sudhir. A proud mother of two children with special needs, Ms. B is the founder and director of Dancing Bells LLC, a platform to sensitize individuals with different capabilities to express themselves and interact with one another through dance and movement.

"In Motion: Embracing Skill Display and Performance" takes place Saturday, Sept. 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. Participants will think and move along with teacher-guided prompts, in order to connect, communicate, and create through movement, dance-making, and visual art expressivity.

"An Introduction to the Art of Bollywood Dance" will take place Saturday, Oct. 17, from 3 to 4 p.m. Participants will explore the history of India’s dance traditions through dance-making, structured group discussions and journal writing.

These workshops are both free, but capacity is limited to 10 individuals. Prior knowledge of dance and music is not required and classes are open to families of all cultures. To register, visit www.centerforada.org/classes.html.

Ms. B holds several certifications from Dance Education Laboratory and Lincoln Center of Performing Arts Education in New York and earlier this year, she completed CADA’s Drama for People with Autism and Disabilities teacher’s training. Bhawna is a practicing teaching artist who creates authentic, interactive and individually-tailored sessions for all ability groups.

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P.O. Box #2972
Akron, OH
44309

General information

Laura Valendza and Wendy S Duke have worked together over the past 8 years developing applied drama programs for students on the autism spectrum. CADA is the outcome of that work and a new beginning for us as we expand our offerings to include transition programming and the formation of a theatre company called Theatre on the Spectrum.

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Trying to watch Open Mic. Hoping to get the connection to work soon!
ASD band!!
I am learning so much in the Teacher Training Workshop! Thank you!
We got to give a presentation about CADA today, and it was such a pleasure to be able to share with future teachers/counsellors what amazing things you guys are doing!
Shared on our page. Thought you'd like re "Wearing a mask"...
I ran across this improv show and thought some of you might be interested in attending. One night only!
We are ready to start our summer programming!