Autism Society of America Orange County, Fiesta Educativa and Project SEA presents Abierto 2004 – The first Latino benefit event for Autism

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Autism Society of America Orange County, Fiesta Educativa and Project SEA will be hosting a benefit event Thursday June 17, 2004 at The Mayan in downtown Los Angeles, California. Performers and special guests will bring forth a night of awareness, joy and excitement for all who attend.

Autism Society of America Orange County, Fiesta Educativa and Project SEA will host “Abierto 2004” Thursday June 17, 2004; a benefit event in support of Latino families in Los Angeles and Orange County areas affected by Autism.

This will be the first event that targets the Latino Autism community from music, dance, performers and style. Community leaders and performers will make this an event to remember and all for a great cause. The location is The Mayan in downtown Los Angeles which is worldly known as a “unique mystical dynamic venue.” Live performance will be provided by Tribäl.

Event proceeds will provide family training scholarships, continued community outreach and continued family social event programs for the Latino community.

Autism is now becoming the most common developmental disability in California among children under the age of 10. With the number of severe cases Autism being reported through the California Department of Development Services (DDS) of thirteen per day, it is estimated that Latino’s constitute over 40% of cases being reported. In a subsequent report from DDS, Latino’s are the most underserved community pertaining to services in comparison to other minority groups.

Abierto is Spanish for “Open”; and that is the emphasis of this event. To open the doors of understanding and bring forth awareness of a disability that is robbing our children and their families. By opening the doors, we can better understand the needs of our children and the dilemma’s their families encounter daily. Our emphasis is a night of laughter and joy, but also, awareness and education for all of those who attend.

Autism is at epidemic proportions. Twenty-five years ago, autism was diagnosed in about 1:10,000 people. In the United States the number of individuals with autism is about 1.5 million or 1:166 with the number rapidly growing. Autism is an epidemic few can continue to ignore.

Press inquiries, interview request or other queries should be sent to Gil Murillo at or direct at 562.366.9700.

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Date/Time: June 17,2004 (Door open at 8:30PM)

Location: The Mayan

            1038 South Hill Street

            Los Angeles, CA 90015

            (213) 746-4674

Admission: $15.00

Ticket Contact: For tickets, contact C. Chavez at (323)578-6778 or email at

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