Trying to explain Autism is a feat in itself but doing it so beautifully as well. Hats off to the maker for bringing such a positive massage!
We were completely engrossed reading the article about Timothy Archibald who tried to start a sort of 'photographic conversation' with his autistic son.
Have a look at the article in the New York Times, it is great.
Only today we found out that Stephen Wiltshire also drew Hong Kong.
Stephen was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. It didn't stop him to do some amazing things like sketching accurate cityscapes from memory.
If you want to know more about him, please check out his website or watch this stunning video.
This cartoon is drawn by the 7 year old Kay. Kay has Autism and finds it hard to talk about it so he draws it instead, something he is clearly very good at.
It is written in Dutch so here's the translation, picture by picture and left to right
If things change or go differently, then I get scared
or angry or sad.
I actually do not know exactly,
but I don't like it.
Mum says that I can't do anything about it
that it is because of the brains in my head
they work differently; autism it is called
But I am not ill, 'funny', crazy.
It is a bit like the difference between cars and trains
Other kids are like cars: they can go any direction. Even off the road
If you have autism it is like a train, you can only follow the rails
But you can learn how to construct new rails.
With this amazing cartoon, he became the winner of the The pen as companion (De pen als lotgenoot). This competition in the Netherlands is for people who live with a chronic Illness or a disability and for their carers to give an insight into their living environment.
More information about the competition, you can find here. (in Dutch)
We actually found this information on following website. Ameesing is a very informative blog about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please note this site is in Dutch as well.
Anthony might have Autism but what is more important he also has his own delivery company...with a smile! If only we had an Anthony in Hong Kong, he would be hired on the spot!
Specialtisterne started up in Denmark, providing work opportunities for people with Autism.
It works a treat.
For more information, check out their website http://specialistpeople.com/.
Tell me and I will forget;
show me and I may remember;
involve me and I will understand.
Old Chinese Proverb