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The Dream Achievers are a band of talented young musicians with autism. The members are Greg, who is in charge of vocals and guitar, Lawrence, on vocals, saxophone, and drums, and Alice, on keyboard. They won the 2015 Special Needs Got Talent Showcase and have been the headliner for major events at Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, the California State Capitol, universities, and private events.
The Dream Achievers, founded in October 2011, is a group of talented performing artists with autism who came from FCSN's music program.
Lawrence has always been fearful of loud sounds and high pitches. Merely six years ago, Lawrence attended his first music lesson and was introduced to the flute recorder. Working through the painful noises, he mastered the instrument with ease. He was the featured soloist at the 2009 Virtuoso International Flute Ensemble spring concert where an audience listened with disbelief and tears in their eyes. Later that year, he started saxophone lessons. In two months time, he began performing around the Bay Area. In 2012, he also started singing in the band for the first time and in February 2015, he started to drum. Since then local newspapers and television stations had showcased Lawrence numerous times.
Alice started her musical journey when she was 5 years old. She began playing by ear before she spoke her first word, and started formal music lessons at age 7. Alice has won the first place at Western Regional California State Talent and Performing Arts Competition in 2008, 2010, and 2012.
Gregory, like Lawrence, was also sensitive to loud sounds as a child. It was only a mere four years ago that he taught himself to play the guitar. He started out by playing along to songs on his videos, eventually branching out to imitating guitarists on YouTube. Gregory's musical talent has blossomed, as he has developed perfect pitch and learns the band songs by ear.
This video highlights autism advocate Carly Fleischmann who is non-verbal and on the autism spectrum. In this video simulation Carly is with her family in a crowded coffee shop and the anxiety that it can lead too.
In this video we see how walking down a sidewalk can differ between someone who is on the autism spectrum and someone who isn't. The video includes things that can cause sensory overload such as different sounds and lights.