Worldwide, April shines a spotlight on autism through the “Light it Up Blue” campaign of the nonprofit advocacy agency Autism Speaks. The United Nations has established April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day. In the weeks that follow, the Autism Speaks campaign keeps the issue in the public eye. Personal stories, scientific information, and public policy analysis all contribute to educating the public about autism and the toll it takes on individuals, families and communities. “Light It Up Blue” inspires people to support research and social service initiatives centered on autism, and to reach out to those who are grappling with its rippling impact.
Autism: A Visual Journey is a uniquely powerful personal story. The thousands of items, ideas and symbols in the Visual Journal invite a multitude of interpretations, just as the various symptoms and impairments of autism do.
The artist, whose daughter’s life has been forever changed by a neurological disorder on the autism spectrum, writes:
“I have become passionate about autism and the many forms it can take. This work represents a prayer for my daughter, and for all the children who suffer with one form or another of these baffling disabilities. It is my fervent hope that this exhibit will bring attention to the work that still needs to be done.”