Autism: The Musical and Autism: The Sequel Film Discussion
Join Elaine Hall, whose program is the subject of Autism: The Musical and Autism: The Sequel, for a discussion with award-winning former WXYZ reporter Cheryl Chodun about Elaine’s work and the film.Watch Live
Elaine Hall, “Coach E” is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, media personality, award-winning writer, consultant and coach. She was a top Hollywood acting coach when her son, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was diagnosed with autism. When traditional therapies did not work, she developed an innovative, creative methodology to reach him. These methods now evidence-based, became the backbone of The Miracle Project a fully inclusive, expressive, performing arts and social skills program, which is being replicated nationally and profiled in the HBO Two-Time Emmy winning film Autism: The Musical and in Autism: The Sequel
Considered a pioneer in creating neuro-diverse theater, film and religious education programs, Elaine has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe, on CNN, CBS, NPR, HBO, Today.com and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Her memoir, Now I See the Moon was the official selection by the United Nations for World Autism Awareness Day, for Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month and her textbook, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Making Miracles in the Classroom, is used at Brown University.
Elaine is a consultant to and 6-time invited speaker by the United Nations where officials referred to her latest presentation with her son as being “groundbreaking, even for the UN.” Elaine coaches parents, volunteers, educators, clergy, and other professionals how to see the ability within disability. She consults with TV and Film writers, producers and directors including Sony Pictures, Netflix, Amazon and Disney to help assure their content authentically portrays individuals of all abilities. As an acting and life coach, she is committed to coaching students on the spectrum towards careers in the entertainment field or other fields of interest so that they can live their dreams and create their own miraculous lives. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband Jeff Frymer, a marriage and family therapist. Her son, still non-speaking is living independently with support and presents with her across the country. Elaine is committed to changing the way the world perceives ‘ability.’
Elaine Hall is a visionary… a true soul whisperer.
Rabbi Naomi Levy
Cheryl Chodun is an award winning journalist who spent more than 35 years in the news business. She retired from WXYZ TV, Channel 7 in Detroit in the summer of 2013 after reporting on air for 25 years. Before that she was a reporter on WWJ NewsRadio and before that was a freelance newspaper reporter for the Detroit News and the Southfield Eccentric. Cheryl has covered every kind of story imaginable…she has interviewed presidents and prisoners…has covered disasters and demonstrations…reported on the worst of times and the best of times for local families, local businesses and government officials. Since leaving Channel 7, Cheryl has been teaching broadcast journalism at
both Madonna University and Lawrence Tech…she has also done a lot of public speaking, emceeing, moderating and volunteering and she mentors young reporters and up and coming producers, writers and news photographers.
Cheryl has been the recipient of many awards, including two Emmys and in April of 2014 Cheryl was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Many newsmakers describe Cheryl as “ tenacious but trusted…respected and responsible.”
Cheryl is a graduate of Wayne State University…she is married and has
two grown children and three grandchildren.
When Cheryl retired from Channel 7 she was quoted as saying she felt
so blessed to be able to do something she so loved for so long and
hoped she made a difference in the lives of the people whose stories
she was able to tell. With her teaching …she says she is hoping to
make a difference in the lives and the futures of her students.