You may be familiar with famous autistic adults but it is important to remember that autism lives in the people around you, they lead their lives in comfortable obscurity.
Consider these people:
- Temple Grandin professor and author
- Steven Shore speaker, author and advocate
- Kim Miller, artist
- Jason McElwain, basketball player
- Matt Savage, jazz musician
- Derek Paravicini, musician
- Richard Wawro, artist
One child with autism touches the lives of countless others. He brings out the best in many of the people he meets throughout his life. He can be a source of inspiration for those around him as he leads a happy, healthy life in the process. This is the greatest measure of success.
World Autism Awareness Day is a group on facebook where every day people post their children’s success. Take a minute.
Create! for Autism is my favourite group. It aims to change the way people think about creativity. The Create! Art for Autism is a national art competition and art exhibition for young people aged 11-25 years old with an Autistic Spectrum Condition. Create! Art for Autism 2014 entries are looking very promising and the event is celebrating its fourth year of success. Young people with an ASC are invited to enter the five main categories: 2D Art, 3D Art, Digital Photography, Digital Animation and Poetry.
Some of the 2013 winning entries were: (more)
WINNER – POETRY:
Danny Quinn – Age 15
Sperrin Integrated College
WINNER – 2D CATEGORY:
Alexander Fox-Robinson – Age 16
WINNER – DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY:
Dangloush Brooks – Age 15
The Abbey School
Some of this years entries are: (more)
Take a moment to admire these pieces; these artists. Because when you look at art, you don’t see Autism, you see the soul of the artist; and their soul is just like yours.
Educate yourself, don’t look at Autism and “Aww”. Look at Autism and be inspired.