Elaine Hall “Coach E!” , Elaine Hall (“Coach E”) has been called many things in her multi-faceted and accomplished life including:
The Founder of The Miracle Project, A consultant to The United Nations, Motivational/Inspirational Speaker, Educator, Writer, Creative Consultant, Performer, Professional Studio Acting Coach, the subject of the HBO documentary Autism: The Musical, Creator of the renowned “Kids On Stage LA" Program, and the Creator of the Vista Inspire Programs including the Nes Gadol religious studies curriculum. The New York Times reference her as “the Child Whisperer”; other global press simply call her "an original," a thought leader and cultural influencer in the niche area of Autism Program Creation and Advocacy.
Her favorite title is "Mother" to her son Neal, who continues to be her inspiration for innovating life affirming, award winning media and educational programs designed for families living with autism, Universities, first responders, government officials, and health care workers.
Ms. Hall is a sought after Keynote speaker, and workshop leader, most recently speaking at The National Autism Society Conference with international autism experts, Dr. Barry Prizant and Dr. Stephen Shore. Her keynote received a standing ovation at the Variety the Children's Charity in St. Louis. Awards include those from ASA, Autism Speaks, Areva Martin's Special Needs Network, Holly Robinson Peete's HollyRod Foundation, Senator Pavley, Etta Israel, the Shalom Institute and Villa Esperanza Services. Ms. Hall was honored by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for boundless service to the global community of families living with autism. Referencing Ms. Hall's program, April 15, 2009, was officially proclaimed, "Miracle-Minded Autism Compassion Day. Elaine has appeared on CNN, CBS, Oprah Radio, NPR, featured in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal. She is a regular contributor to TheHuffingtonPost.com.
Elaine's memoir, Now I See The Moon: A Mother, A Son, A Miracle for publisher, Harper Collins was chosen by The United Nations for World Autism Awareness Month. (See: Nowiseethemoon.com). In it, Hall chronicles her journey from a being a broken single mother to becoming a recognized and dynamic force in the areas of Autism and Special needs program design and implementation.
When traditional therapies did not work for her son, Neal, adopted from a Russian orphanage and diagnosed with autism. Elaine sought creative people (actors, writers, musicians) to join his isolated world. Slowly Neal emerged into our world. These methodologies are the foundation of The Miracle Project profiled in the Emmy Award winning documentary AUTISM: The Musical.
Elaine’s Miracle Project students recorded a CD ,produced by Film and TV industry pro - Diane Isaacs, with extraordinary recording artists, Holly Robinson Peete, Chaka Khan, Jack Black, Rev Run, Babyface, Kyra Sedgwick and others. Fly Into Autism celebrates the boundless Abilities of children with perceived disabilities, and reinforces Hall’s Miracle Minded philosophy for life and educating. The Miracle Project students were honored at Carnegie Hall and performed live with other exceptional musicians with autism alongside celebrities Jack Black and Stephen Stills and other at benefit concerts including at the Grove in Los Angeles, Club Nokia, and recently The Pantages Theater.
Her latest book , co-authored with Diane Isaacs, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Creating Miracles In The Classroom is being used as text book in major universities and has received critical acclaim.
Elaine and her team are now launching The Miracle Project nationally with locations throughout Los Angeles. She is available for workshops, speaking engagements, to emcee events, phone consultations, trainings, and is a media personality. Elaine lives in Los Angeles with the two loves of her life, her adult son, Neal and her husband, Jeff Frymer, a play therapist. Email Elaine@themiracleproject.org or www.TheMiracleProject.org