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Rock Out Autism

What We Do.

Rock Out Autism is a non-for-profit foundation that raises money and awareness for the importance of autism services and peer mentorship. It has been 5 years since Rock Out Autism has been launched, and in past 5 events the foundation has nearly $125,000 for Autism Services. We are currently in communication with the CEO's various corporations, to help spread our cause nationwide! Another side of Rock Out Autism is the element of putting together private meet and greet “Rock Shows” for children with autism. Children diagnosed with autism, and other developmental disabilities, would never, in the real world, have the chance to see a real live “Rock Show” that meets their needs. The children, as a bonus, get to meet and talk with the performers after the show, not only making the children happy but also giving the performers a great sense of accomplishment.

Facts About Autism.

What is autism? Autism is a complex developmental disability. The condition is the result of a neurological disorder that has an effect on normal brain function, affecting development of the person’s communication and social interaction skills. What is ASD? ASD stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder. ASDs are any developmental disabilities that have been caused by a brain abnormality. A person with an ASD typically has difficulty with social and communication skills. Autism is a wide-spectrum disorder. This means that no two people with autism will have exactly the same symptoms.
•Autism affects one in every 50 children born in the United States.
•Autism is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.
•Autism is the fastest growing disability in the United States.
•The rate of autism is growing at 14% per year around the world.
• There are a number of treatments, but no real cure for Autism.

The Founders.

Rafe Tangorra

During a record setting March blizzard, it was said that Rafe Tangorra was born with drum sticks in his hands. He actually began playing drums at the age of four when his maternal grandmother bought him his first set of drums. “He never stopped playing and I thought my daughter was going to kill me!” she recalled. Rafe dreamed of playing in a rock band and actually got close to some big time bands when he was young. His father who worked on security with performing artists would often bring him along to events. Rafe recalls not only being stage side but once being invited to sit on a major recording artist P1NK's drum kit for a sound check. Rafe Tangorra and good friend Gina Cardino are the founders of “Rock Out Autism”. A humanitarian benefit that raises money for the Fay J. Lindner Center which offers Autism services throughout Long Island. Rafe says, “This foundation raises money not only to find a cure for Autism but for services that these children need now. Services such as speech therapy, peer mentorship, music therapy, etc., which all allow for the betterment of the children”. To date, Rock Out Autism has raised over $125,000. Thanks to its numerous sponsors and ardent believers of the cause, Rock Out Autism is one of the biggest Rock and Roll benefits for Autism on Long Island, something which Rafe is most proud of.

Gina Cardino

Co-founder Gina-Marie Cardino is a fashion designer at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in the heart on New York City. After achieving her AAS degree there she was then admitted into an Intimate Apparel Program for her BFA that accepts twenty students each year. Gina-Marie has been with Rock Out Autism since the beginning and contributes to the organization independently by representing Rock Out Autism annually around the east coast at events and festivals such as the Van’s Warped Tour. She is a major component to Rock Out Autism. Her creative edge and organization help make Rock Out Autism events an enjoyable and successful rock and roll benefit year after year. She looks forward to taking the foundation Rock Out Autism has built and making it prosper to continue supporting those on the autism spectrum.