Welcome to April! Did you know April is Autism Awareness Month?
In fact, today is World Autism Awareness Day. I figured that would make for a great blog.
I used to think autism wasn’t that common but that really isn’t true. 1 in 54 children live with autism.
According to the CDC, boys are four times more likely to have a diagnosis of autism.
Today’s blog is going to celebrate those with autism. We see you. We support you. We love and accept you just the way you are.
We are doing that by showcasing some untapped autism themed art.
Here is a very popular form of autism art, tattoos! I found so many really creative awareness tattoos while I searched for autism art. This piece was done by tattoo artist, Chris Gilliland, of Upstate NY.
The autism community is diverse and strong. It is a community that unequivocally supports one another.
These tattoos are a way in which they celebrate their loved ones. These tattoos also show the autism community your unconditional support.
The puzzle piece, in this instance, is the symbol of autism. Many people recognize this as the national symbol but some don’t. Either way, if you see this symbol it is meant to be a symbol of support for the autism community.
Autism art isn’t something just Americans do. I even found an article at The Jakarta Post about an art exhibit showcasing artists living with autism.
This young lady was just one of the unique artists the exhibit celebrated!
For the Her Blaze family, we celebrate autism art for a very personal reason. Our son and nephew, lives with autism.
He is the kindest young man we know. And he is one of our favorite artists.
Just look at his Beauty and the Beast themed art he painted. He is a wonderful example of perseverance and heart.
He lives each day loving the people around him and always looking for the positive in every situation. Even though April is an entire month focusing on autism awareness, that is an everyday occurrence in our house.
There are many artists with autism. I bet some of the names would surprise you.
Famous author/poet Alfred Hitchcock, Director Tim Burton, Jim Henson, author Lewis Carroll, George Orwell, Mark Twain, Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh all either had autism or were rumored to have autism. After reading these names, it is easy for one to conclude that autism has had a profound impact on the art world.
Help us honor autism. Share with us your autism themed art.
We also want to see the art made by those living with autism. As AOC said, “change takes courage.”
Living in a world where perfection is many people’s goal, living and living with autism can take courage, just as being an autism related artist can take courage. We know that our artists all have amazing fortitude and creativity and they regularly exhibit courage just by sharing their art with the world.
“Autism isn’t something a person has, or a shell that a person is trapped inside. There’s no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion and encounter-every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person-and of it were possible, the person you’d have left would not be the same person you started with,” said Jim Sinclair.