We hear so much about Autism these days, it seems like there is always a story popping up in the news. For anyone looking to find out more about this prevalent condition or for those who would like to do what they can to help out, there is the annual Rock’n 4 Autism festival. It is being held this year on Saturday, June 29th at Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista, Virginia, about 40 miles northwest of Lynchburg.
Autism spectrum disorder and autism are names for a broad range of complex disorders, often characterized by difficult social interactions, repetitive behaviors, and communication problems along with other possible physical and intellectual issues. The disorder tends to emerge around 2 to 3 years of age affecting 1 in 54 boys and 1 out of every 252 girls. Last year $2500 was raised by this event to support those affected by autism and here’s hoping they can raise even more this year.
Rock’n 4 Autism is a seven hour music festival to raise funds for the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center (BRAAC) Buena Vista satellite school. The BRAAC has three locations (Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Buena Vista) in the area. It is a nonprofit organization who provides education and services for children and families whose lives are affected by autism. Founded in 2009, the BRAAC offers academic and transitional programs along with outreach services for family and communities. It is also a training center for children and educators.
The festival starts at 12pm and is $10 to enter with children 12 and under getting in free. This year there will be five bands playing, a car show, food, and fun things to do for the kids. The headlining band is Jupiter’s Incense, a Lynchburg based metal band. Beyond the Fade (hard rock), Bipolar (rock/alternative/classic/southern rock), NDX (alternative/experimental), and Undefeated will also be there.
The car show, featuring cars, trucks, and motorcycles, is presented by Saints & Sinners Car Club. They are a self described group of friends looking to preserve traditional car culture with a focus on compact minis and low-riders and are also helping out kids in the process. Other great participants this year include Everlasting Images, B&M Jewelry, Dezynes, Cewinn Graphics, Bs Customs Ts, Avon, Jamberry Nails, Thirty-One, Shaved Ice, Megaworkz Graphics, Craft Tastic, Origami Owl, Facepainting, Paparazzi, Wyckoff Customs, Rolling Miniature Speedway, Virginia Autisms Project, ABC’s of Applied Behavior Analysis, Family Insight, Rock Bridge Family, and of course the Blue Ridge Autism & Achievement Center.
Check out the Rock’n 4 Autism Facebook page for the most updated information on the festival and if you can, head on down to Buena Vista on the 29th!