April 24, 2023
A student dressed as a dinosaur for the Inclusive Knights Concert Series concert.

Christine Lapka, assistant professor of music education, said the Inclusive Knights Concert Series at UCF Celebrates the Arts is an opportunity for UCF students to learn more about autism and how to adapt events for a diverse range of patrons needs .

“April is Autism Acceptance Month, when we recognize the challenges those with Autism Spectrum Disorder have to overcome, but also bring awareness and acceptance to developmental disabilities,” reports News Channel 6. 

About the concert, Lapka says, “Several of the music education students have written scripts, and they will be dressed as characters. It’s very student friendly, young person friendly, the students are going to also teach people about music. So they’ve picked out elements in the music that are important for young people to learn about. And they are going to have them moving to the music as well, because sometimes it’s hard, difficult to sit for an entire concert.”

Watch the full interview on Click Orlando here.