CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, North Central College in Naperville is bringing back its annual Chords for Kids concert, a special event for those with special needs.
Naperville resident Steven Yee and his son, who’s diagnosed with autism, have attended every concert since 2010 and are looking forward to its return. This year marks the concert’s 15th year.
“In some ways it's an annual reunion to see our friends from our special needs community,” said Yee. “It actually is, in my mind, a respite for the parents and siblings and caregivers to enjoy a really fun time with the person with special needs.”
Kids can stand, sing and wiggle to sing-alongs from “SpongeBob SquarePants” and Disney as well as line dance songs like the “Y.M.C.A.” and the “Chicken Dance.”
Yee told WBBM Newsradio it’s a rare opportunity for parents with special needs children to not have to worry about typical concert etiquette.
“It’s a no judgment zone,” he said. “Anyone who has special needs and idiosyncrasies, there's no worries about people judging what your son or daughter is doing during the concert. They can stand, they can sing, they can do their stimming and everyone's just having a great time.”
Chords for Kids will be held from 7-8 p.m. Saturday at Wentz Concert Hall.
The event is free, though tickets can be reserved online.