Because of Milosz’s disability, Milosz is often lonely. Fortunately, he thrives on following a routine, and music seems to be an organized world for Milosz in which he finds refuge. His adventure with the piano started in the fourth grade when he found his passion, the piano, and music. He has been fervently practicing piano and he loves to play energetically for about 4 hours each day while also taking private piano lessons.
Imagine being told that your two-year-old has moderate to severe autism. Imagine being told by a school psychologist that your five-year-old’s IQ is zero. Now imagine looking at your 20-year-old playing the piano in front of audiences – Chopin, Mozart, or Bach – but still not being able to choose his socks.
Milosz’s achievements on the piano are exceptional – all due to his hard work and unwavering support from his family and the Polish-American community where he is a frequent performing artist.
Autism is characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects about 1 in 54 children in the United States today. The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute says that “compared to their peers with other types of disabilities, young adults with autism have the lowest rate of employment (only 58% of those on the autism spectrum ever have worked during their early 20s)." As his family, they are painfully aware of the odds that their son is facing.
Our mission is to increase Milosz’s visibility and provide support so that he is able to meet his challenges and ensure his own success. At the same time, we want to highlight Milosz’s story to increase autism awareness among Polish-Americans and to provide encouragement to many other families who are challenged with raising an autistic child. If you would like to invite him to play at one of your events, please contact his mother, Bozena Gasior at email@example.com