D-MAN Foundation offering music therapy for people living with disabilities

Posted at 5:26 PM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 17:26:05-04

A recording studio in Berkley is doing more than just making music.

They offer therapy for people living with disabilities.

Tony "Wheelchair Tone" Banks said, "This place is a platform for me to express my feelings through music."

He has recorded his latest single all thanks to the Danny's Miracle Angel Network, D-MAN Foundation for short.

The organization offers music therapy and recording studio sessions for people living with physical and mental disabilities.

They use unique equipment.

Ziad Kassab is the Founder of the D-MAN Foundation.

"That allow people to make music without using their hands or feet," Kassab said. "Some of the guys that come in here are really talented, but the clinics outcomes too have just been amazing."

Ziad founded D-MAN to honor the legacy of his late brother Danny, who was a quadriplegic after being hit by a car at the age of 7.

Danny had a love for music and even recorded his own tracks before passing away at the age of 23.

He said, "We wanted to continue to be able to provide the good times that he had before for others through music therapy. Music was one of the things he really loved."

Tony had always been interested in music, but when he was 18-years-old, he almost lost his life.

"I was a victim of a gunshot wound, a drive by shooting on Detroit's west side that left me to be quadriplegic C-4," Banks explained.

The aspiring musicians get to work with professionals in a wheelchair-accessible environment.

To keep up their hard work, the foundation hosts an annual fundraising event.

Kassab added, "Let's get rid of this stigma that's out there that people are disabled can't do things. With the tech nowadays and some will power they can do anything they want just like you and I."

"People with disabilities, we were not forgotten," Banks added.

The foundation will release their first music video and second music album Friday night at their 7th Annual Hollywood Night "DISCO" Party Fundraiser at Lafayette Grande Pontiac.

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