Project SEA presents Abierto 2005 – Our 2nd Annual Event Recognizing Autism Awareness Month

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Project SEA will be hosting a benefit event Sunday April 17, 2005 at The House of Blues Hollywood, California. Performers and special guests will bring forth a night of awareness, joy and excitement for all who attend.

Project SEA will host “Abierto 2005” Sunday April 17, 2005; a benefit event in support of Latino families in Los Angeles and Orange County areas affected by Autism.

This will be Project SEA’s 2nd event which 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. Live performance will be provided by Tribäl, Common Sense and Skalavera. Community groups such as Autism Society of America Los Angeles, Surfers Healing and Regional Center will be having information regarding their services.

Project SEA’s provides this event to thank all the parents, care takers, professionals, teachers, aides and everyone else who help all those affected. This event is also to recognize Autism Awareness Month.

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 gmurillo@projectsea.org or direct at 562.366.9700.

Concert Calendar:

Date/Time: April 17,2005 (Door open at 7:30PM)

Location:

House of Blues Sunset

8430 Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

(323) 848-5100

Admission: Free

Ticket Contact: For tickets, contact Gil Murillo at (562) 366-9700

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