A nonprofit agency in the Queens borough of New York City uses music and art therapy to improve communication in children who have autism. The nonprofit's executive director, Yolanda Vitulli, says she was inspired to start the program when she first realized the effects that music had on her son, who has autism. "That's when he started to develop his speech," she said. Although the program is struggling financially because of the recession, there are 30 children on the waiting list, Vitulli added.

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