"Tyler can hear more than what most people hear in a sound, because he's inside of it."
- Garry Kvistad, founder and owner of Woodstock Chimes
Have You Seen It?
The Tyler's Story video is touching hearts and minds everywhere.
Here are a few of the places where it's been posted online:
Upworthy Website Upworthy Facebook Huffington Post
YouTube Nation Yahoo Canada Autism Speaks
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The Story of the Woodstock Chimes for Autism™
The Woodstock Chimes for Autism was inspired by several uplifting stories shared by loyal Woodstock Chimes customers. One story about a young boy, Tyler, stands out.
Tyler has autism and lives near Toronto, Canada. By far one of Woodstock Chimes' biggest fans, Tyler's musical acuity is so strong that when a musically-tuned Woodstock Chime is rung, he can identify it by name. To honor Tyler - and to support all those living with autism - Woodstock Chimes created the Woodstock Chimes for Autism, with 100% of the wholesale after-tax profits from this chime going to research and educational organizations focused on autism.
Production Note: In the video, Jamey Wolff, co-founder of the Center for Spectrum Services, says autism effects one in 55 - she was referring to the fact that autism effects one in 55 boys (it effects one in 88 children). Update: since the interview, these figures were revised to 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 68 children.
Mozart and the Woodstock Chimes for Autism™
One aspect of autism is hypersensitivity to sound.¹ Studies have found that music therapy can assist with some of the challenges attributed to autism.² Mozart's music, in particular, has been a blessing for some individuals living with autism.³ The Woodstock Chimes for Autism features a specially designed clapper, so its soothing tones ring more gently. The chime is musically-tuned to a melody from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21.
The Woodstock Chimes for Autism also features a bright, nickel-plated windcatcher with the symbolic, multi-colored puzzle pieces. This distinctive logo was created in 1963 by the National Autistic Society. Since then, the interlocking, multi-colored puzzle piece has become an international symbol for autism. It is a symbol of solidarity among those who promote and support autism awareness.
² Autism Science Foundation
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Dr. Kenneth A. Bock is board certified in Family Medicine and is a Certified Clinical Nutrition Specialist with more than 25 years experience, including working with those living with autism. You can learn more about Dr. Bock and Bock Integrative Medicine here.
A Very Special Thank You
We want to extend our endless gratitude to all those who helped us create and share this beautiful story.
Without you, this project would not have been possible.
An update from the Dois
Working with Woodstock Chimes and Kala Project on 'Chimes for Autism: Tyler's Story' was an incredible experience which we will forever cherish. We still find it hard to believe that our son was an inspiration for an internationally renowned and successful company such as Woodstock Chimes to create the Woodstock Chimes for Autism. We couldn’t be more proud of Tyler and are truly blessed to be his parents.
To be completely honest we don’t think Tyler realizes the potential impact he will have on autism awareness and research. We don’t even think many of our family and friends truly understood autism and Tyler’s amazing abilities until they learned of our involvement with Woodstock Chimes and in particular the production of the video. We hope that people across the world continue to watch it and thereby become more aware of autism, as strengthening awareness is vital to increasing the funding needed for autism research and enhancing support programs.
Tyler continues to do well in school, has many interests (one of which continues to be windchimes), and is the same happy, charming and amazing little guy that over 140,000 people have seen in the video. While Tyler may eventually move on to different interests, at least we know that Tyler will forever be remembered by many as ‘the windchime boy,’ and will have had a positive impact on the millions of people worldwide who are impacted by autism.
Sean and Alison Doi
New - For International Autism Awareness Day 2016
Tyler's Mom wrote a blog about raising a son with autism.
Read it here.