Autism Month celebrated through art

2019-04-10 17:03
Katherine Weich gives input on the painting that everyone got a chance to create.

Katherine Weich gives input on the painting that everyone got a chance to create. (Thabang Kuaho)

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April marks World Autism Month and to commemorate the month, Autism Western Cape is hosting an art exhibition to showcase some of the talents of children living with autism.

This exhibition comes just days after Autism Western Cape rebranded and opened its doors at their new offices, at the Inyathelo Advancement Centre in Woodstock on Monday 1 April.

About a 100 art lovers flocked to the South African Sendinggestig Museum in Long Street on Thursday 4 April to witness the amazing talents of these young citizens.

Managing director of Autism Western Cape Mduduzi Dube said many people still did not know what autism was and had a lot of misconceptions of the disorder.

“We are showcasing art pieces from eight artists who are all between the ages of five and 13. All these pieces are about what they think, feel and put it on paper,” he explained.

Provincial minister for social development Albert Fritz echoed the words of Dube when he said it was important to raise awareness around autism.

“Personally, I have been working for more than two years on the notion of making people aware of the inclusivity we want in autism. There is a lot of stigma around autism and that is found especially in poorer communities,” he said.

He said the department was funding a number of organisations that transport children from their communities to service centres that deal with the disorder.

Fritz said the department will continue to support these children and make sure that they get the kind of support they need.

“There is a number of programmes lined up for the month. We also will have a number of meetings with stakeholders being involved and sharing resources and knowledge with communities.”

Mayco member for health and community services Zahid Badroodien said the exhibition made others aware that people with autism, although misunderstood, have a lot of talents that need to be recognised.

“We need to bring these individuals to forums where they will be able to vocalise these talents in ways that can build bridges,” he said.

“Through their talents, they are able to express themselves so that we can begin to understand what and how they feel.”

The exhibition runs until Thursday 11 April.

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