Students with special needs - including autism - are faced with challenges in behavior, social cognition, linguistics, motor coordination, and sensory abilities. Developing these competencies is critical if they are to experience positive self-esteem, building friendships, adjust to life, and find success in the adult world. The central enabler of any effective intervention is a motivated student. Research has demonstrated that arts-integrated approaches to promote function, academic, and social skills development can stimulate and encourage engagement on the part of students with disabilities. This presentation will introduce attendees to a groundbreaking, arts-integrated intervention by sharing research and anecdotal evidence demonstrating the magnificent relationship between the arts and special education. This promises to be an informative, educational, and heartwarming experience for all those who attend - remarkably entertaining and poignantly inspiring.