My graduate school professor at NYU introduced me to Dylan Rothbein. Dylan is a fantastic musician, an audio engineer and he identifies as an Autism Advocate with the Autism Self Advocacy Network. Dylan is in his early 20's and studying audio engineering at Kingsborough Community College. He wants to go to a school - like NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music - to study audio engineering. Dylan is incredibly articulate about growing up with Aspergers Syndrome. He talks about having touch sensitivity, light sensitivity and he wants to fight for the rights of people with developmental disabilities. He said that, "The Civil Rights Movement, The LGBTQ Rights Movement and Bob Dylan are incredibly influential to his work." Dylan approached me about collaborating together on songs about living with autism so . . . Turtle Dance Music is commissioning Dylan to write and record songs about what it's like living with an autism spectrum disorder. Here is the first song that we've written together. It's called, "Light Sensitivity." Dylan told me that due to his light sensitivity he cannot go to places like Times Square because the lights can cause sensory overload. So we wrote this song.
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