Reid Soria is a 25 year old young man who has autism. He is from the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area. Reid Soria is an Autism Light because of how he is using his gift of singing to entertain and encourage others. "I accept what I am, what I've always been on the inside. I am...a performer," said Reid on his Facebook FanClub Page.
Reid Soria's YouTube Channel provides this introduction to the musician.
"When words fail, autism sings!" Meet Reid Soria, a talented young singer diagnosed with autism at the age of three. At the time little hope was given for any progress in his development; in fact, it was recommended he be placed in an institution. But through years of hard work, faith, and hope, Reid has exceeded all expectations. Now he is pursuing his dream to become a professional singer and to help educate the public that having a disability doesn't mean having a lack of ability. We hope Reid will help to inspire anyone who hears him to pursue their own dreams with courage and conviction (Source).There are dozens of inspirational videos of Reid Soria singing on his YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/floridarn16. We've embeded two of them here.
Here is Reid Soria singing the songs "You Raise Me Up" and "Thankful."
The following is Reid Soria singing the Christmas song, "Mary, Did You Know".
High School: Reid Soria graduated from Choctawhatchee Senior High School in 2004 (Source/Facebook).
Pyramid Players, Inc.: Reid Soria has been part of the Pyramid Players of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida and the experience has given him opportunities to develop his talent. The Pyramid Players are a group of developmentally disabled individuals who are using their musical and artistic talents to perform throughout Florida and in Georgia and Alabama (Source). Reid Soria was part of the Pyramid Players as they performed the play, "Taking New York City" in 2012.
Facebook: There are two ways on Facebook that you can follow Reid Soria's inspiring career as an adult with autism.
- You can request to join the Reid Soria Fanclub group on Facebook
- You can subscribe to receive public updates from his page at https://www.facebook.com/reids16.
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