LOS ANGELES (CBS) — To say cases of autism are on the rise would be an understatement.

Thirty years ago, one in 10,000 children were diagnosed with autism. That number now is more like one in 110.

While many ask what can cure autism, one group called “The Miracle Project” suggests all we need to do is look within ourselves for the answers.

Pat Harvey took a closer look at this exceptional group helping exceptional people.

Every Wednesday evening, the group gathers kids who get to express their feelings through art, song and acting.

Behind the “Miracle,” is music and theater coach Elaine Hall, or Coach E as the kids call her. Hall created the group when her own adopted son, Neal, was diagnosed with autism.

“Miracle Project” has its roots in Southern California, but the initiative is going global. A new chapter has just started in India, one had already begun in Ethiopia.

To learn more about “Miracle Project” click on the following links:

“The Miracle Project”: http://themiracleproject.com

Where they meet: http://www.vistadelmar.org/

Elaine Hall’s book, “Now I See The Moon”: http://nowiseethemoon.com

HBO Documentary on “The Miracle Project”: http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/autism/index.html

Comments (4)
  1. Julee Williams-Madkins says:

    My student, Tristen, performs with the Miracle Project!

  2. maude umbach says:

    I have watched so many specials on Autism and it seems like they are always geared toward Aspergers or high functioning Autism. What’s available for the more severe forms of Autism.
    I think these representations leave the “lay people”, thinking Autism can bee “fixed”.
    I have a 16 year old Autistic grandson, who has had all kinds of school and therapy. He still can not carry on a conversation He is not a sevant, Asbergers, or high functioning. Why doesn’t someone do a special on these harder to treat children. People tend to think the more severe Autistics are that way due to lack of training on part of the parent. That’s just not true.
    Thank you for presenting the “world of Autism” on your network. It is so important.

  3. Rio says:

    thank you, Pat!!! it was a real pleasure talking to you! you’re the best! x Rio & his Mom

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