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Autism Speaks Announces Yearlong Partnership With Thomas & Friends (TM) Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes To Town
Date:1/21/2009

and Live Events, HIT Entertainment. "This new partnership with Autism Speaks in the US supports a very worthy organization and provides kids with autism a fun, exciting and safe stage show experience."

According to a 2007 study by the UK-based National Autistic Society, Thomas is a favorite character amongst children with autism. Most children with autism seek to understand and categorize the world in a way that makes sense to them. The calm, gentle world of Thomas & Friends, with its simple storylines, bold colors, clear facial expressions and recognizable characters that behave very predictably appears to be one they can understand and relate to. In addition, the characters in Thomas & Friends are very suitable for identification, listing and collecting - all common behaviors of many children with autism.

The all-new 90-minute musical adventure Thomas & Friends™ Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes To Town is packed with audience sing-a-longs, high-energy dancing and thrilling adventures. When Thomas makes a big mistake, all the engines on the Island of Sodor must work together to prepare for the exciting event under the Big Top as Thomas proves he's a really useful engine once again. Along the way, Percy, James, Gordon, and of course Thomas, join with Sir Topham Hatt and the townspeople from the Island of Sodor to welcome a colorful cast of circus performers in an engaging story that demonstrates the importance of friendship and cooperation.

About Autism:
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisi
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