Jazz Hands for Autism
Most people don't know that 1 in 36 Americans (and up to 3% of the world's population) are the autism spectrum. Most people also don't know that over 85% of individuals on the autism spectrum are unemployed or underemployed. But this is why Jazz Hands for Autism exists: we are here to break stigmas, to empower neurodivergent creatives and to create pathways to inclusion through expression, education and employment in the entertainment industry and beyond.
Jazz Hands Concert Series
Do you play an instrument? Are you passionate about performing? Come share your talents on our stage in front of a supportive audience. The Jazz Hands Concert Series is our twice-a-year festival event where musicians on the autism spectrum (and other diagnoses) of all ages, all genres and all skill levels come to our stage to share their talents in front of a supportive and diverse audience.
Jazz Hands Jam Session
The Jazz Hands Jam Sessions take place at our Educational Studio in Culver City. At Jam Session, our musicians work together on vocal and instrumental pieces. The musicians fine tune their performance pieces in readiness for paid gigs and concerts. It’s also a great way to make new friends, enhance musicality, and personal awareness. Additionally, the sessions build confidence and encourage collaboration--all traits which are essential in fostering a strong sense of self, particularly for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Jazz Hands Musicians Academy
The Jazz Hands Musicians Academy is comprehensive 3-Phase vocational and integrated employment program provides individualized social, professional and musical training tailored to help musicians on the autism spectrum (age 18+) succeed in music related jobs.
Jazz Hands Work Placement Program
Through the Jazz Hands Work Placement Program (JHWP), Jazz Hands For Autism offers music-related job search and job and internship placement to students and graduates of the Jazz Hands Musicians Academy. Placements include performance gigs, teaching positions, track and composition placements, audio and sound tech positions, and more.
Jazz Hands Junior Academy
The Jazz Hands Junior Academy is a renewable 12 week private music lesson program is designed for school-aged individuals on the autism spectrum (ages 8-17). Lessons are individualized and taught In-home , In-studio, or via zoom by Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) trained music teachers.