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The Autism Program and the School of Music sponsoring the Thriving With Autism piano recital

Tyler Wolpert
3/16/2017  4:00 pm

Housed in Christopher Hall and a part of the Family Resiliency Center, The Autism Program (TAP) is a free, resource and referral center for families and professionals in the local community who are dealing with issues related with autism spectrum disorders.

As a part of Autism Awareness Month this April, TAP and the School of Music are sponsoring Thriving With Autism, a piano recital featuring Illinois graduate Dr. Charles Joseph Smith. An accomplished pianist who has autism, Dr. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He will be sharing his story and performing at the Illinois Music Building Auditorium on April 5th starting at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcomed to help support TAP. For more information, contact Linda Tortorelli at or 217-244-0928.