From the Sheltered Workshop to Musical Mentor: A Conversation with Sunny Cefaratti

Following last month’s webinar, “Celebrating Olmstead: It’s Time for 14(c) Phase-Out: Lessons Learned from Advancing Legislation & Leaving the Shop”, we go deeper with one of the webinar presenters, Sunny Cefaratti, about her early post-high school experience of going to work in a sheltered workshop, how she asserted her desire to leave the sheltered workshop, and how she built an independent life of music as the co-founder and Autistic Self Advocacy Mentor at the Musical Autist.


About the Guest

Sunny Cefaratti

Sunny Cefaratti is the Co-Director and Autistic Self Advocate Mentor at The Musical Autist. Sunny is a performing pianist and vocalist, and mentor to other autistic self advocates. She is an essential part of the organization and on the Board of Directors. She was born in South Korea, completely blind, and was adopted by her family in the United States at two years of age. She was diagnosed with autism in 2001. She is a graduate of Maryland School for the Blind.

About the Host

A portrait of Amy Gonzales. She has parted, long black hair and is wearing a dark blazer against a neutral beige background.
Amy Gonzalez

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