In His Eyes/ Living with Autism
Janie March Contemporary Folk Singer Song Writer Janie March was born Jane Treglia on January 7th, 1957 and grew up in Trumbull Connecticut. She played guitar since the 8th grade and wrote her first basic song at the age of 14. Janie sang in the Concert Choir at Trumbull High School and took a music theory class. She also taught beginner guitar lessons. After graduating from Trumbull High School in 1975, Janie attended Western Connecticut State College (University). She earned 13 credits in music while at Western Connecticut. Janie graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and Fine and Applied Arts in 1979. A year later, she married John March and moved to the Poughkeepsie, NY area. Janie March taught preschool for about four years. Music was an important component to her educational program. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a Masters degree in Elementary Education. Janie became a mother of two children: Mary born on 8/31/85, and John III, born on 9/11/89. She was a stay at home mom for about 14 years and provided day care to working teachers. Janie's son John was diagnosed with ADHD and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD NOS) at the age of three. PDD is on the Autism Spectrum. Since her son's diagnosis, Janie has been an advocate for special education. She was a substitute teacher for about nine years. Janie is currently working as a one to one teacher assistant in a local school district. She is a member of the Autism Society and an Autism support group. Music has been Janie's hobby for over 35 years. She attended SummerSongs, and Cedar Run song writing camps as well as various song writing workshops. Janie is also a member of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild and attends various open mics around the Hudson Valley. She has been a featured performer at various venues. Besides her new Autism fund raising CD, "In His Eyes, / Living with Autism", Janie is working on a child friendly CD tentatively called, "I Love to See Them Smile". In the near future, she will be putting out a full length compilation CD called, "Chapters of Life". "March, best known for her witty lyrics, has been writing and performing songs about every day life for several years." .....Kevin Becker, performer and founder of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild.