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December 31, 2006
Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Gets a Place to Show Off His Gifts
The Los Angeles Times today has another excellent story by Steve Lopez about Nathaniel Anthony Ayers - the Juilliard-trained musician who because of his schizophrenia ended up on Skid row in Los Angeles. It is a good example of the positive developments that can happen in the lives of people who have schizophrenia - with a little support from the community. We thank Steve Lopez, the LA Times, and the Lamp Community for this hopeful story and their support of people with mental illnesses.
The LAMP Community is the organization that supports Mr. Ayers. Each night, more than 88,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County seek shelter on streets, in encampments, or in vehicles. It is estimated that between one-third and one-half of L.A's homeless people struggle with serious mental illness. Following is an excerpt from the LA Times article:
Nathaniel Anthony Ayers suspected that his Christmas present involved the long-awaited opening of the studio. But he didn't know the piano would be in it, donated by a nurse from Santa Monica, along with the bass I had just bought from a jazz musician in Venice.
A Note from Steve Lopez, Writer for the LA Times:
In the interest of full disclosure, my editors have asked me to report that I'm nearing completion of a book on my two years with Mr. Ayers and the impact we've had on each other's lives. The book and my newspaper columns have been optioned by a movie studio that has also bought rights from Mr. Ayers. I've used some of my proceeds to pay his legal fees and other costs, and to make donations to Lamp. I get frequent queries from readers wanting to know how to contribute to Mr. Ayer's welfare, as well as to the new studio, and such questions can be answered at www.lampcommunity.org
Read the full story here: A place for Mr. Ayers to show off his gifts
Additional Steve Lopez Stories on Nathan Anthony Ayers:
Life on the Streets of Los Angeles - a Series by Steve Lopez
Posted by szadmin at December 31, 2006 11:52 AM
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