Boise never fails to bring light to the important things in life. Whether it be music, culture, community or even charity, you can bet that Boiseans will be involved. Growing up, I was always made fun of for being an introvert at school and preferring poetry over recess. I wasn’t sure why the other kids made fun of me or why my mind continuously worked while other students could simply ‘veg out’. It soon became apparent that something was different about me and after years of thinking I was a freak, I found out that I had Asperger’s.
Most people think of Aspergers as a disease or turn to the south park episode. Aspergers is a syndrome and it doesn’t mean you are a freak, but rather that you have difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. For me, my repetitive behaviors involved art, poetry, journalism and music. I learned to be more interactive by branching out into the world using my skills as a way to connect with other people.
To this day, I still find it hard to talk to new people and to be happy. I work very hard to be normal and be viewed as normal but the minute you tell people you have Asperger Syndrome, it’s like saying you have the plague. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of what this syndrome really is and this lack of knowledge causes people like me to be made fun of and cast away from society.
Therefore, when Joe Roberts (aka Dirrrty Joe) contacted me about the 2nd annual Remix 4 Autism benefit show, I felt like I had to do everything in my power to support the cause. Alongside The Idaho Center for Autism, Roberts and other caring Idahoans have gotten together to create a show that will directly benefit children with Autism in Idaho.
The show will take place April 19th at The Shredder at 7 pm and will showcase local acts such as Dirrrty Joe, Half The World and Illest Lyricists. Alongside the many talented acts performing that night, there will be a raffle which will include prizes from places such as Burnt Orange, Hot Topic, Darlene’s, Little Caesars, The Record Exchange, Mountain Dew, Gamestop, Club 91, All In One Contracting, Remix 4 Autism Staff and Boise Pulse Music Magazine, of course! The entire event will be hosted by Playboy TV’s Bianca Diamond and some of the prizes in the raffle will be a Playstation 3 with Call of Duty: Ghosts courtesy of Joe Roberts and two skateboard decks courtesy of all of us here at BPM.
After a tremendous amount of work from numerous caring individuals, Boise will finally know once and for all what Autism is and what it is not. As the new official Co-Director of the event, I couldn’t be more pleased to be attending as well as supporting the show and the people who made it possible. If you want a chance to win some of the prizes above and attend a killer show that will help hundreds of Autistic children throughout the state, I suggest that you purchase your ticket today!
For more information, check out Remix 4 Autism and the Idaho Center for Autism’s sites. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door! Hope to see you all there!