A group of young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from the Southern Trust are showcasing an exhibition of their artwork as part of Autism Awareness Week.
ASD is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person understands the world and communicates with others. Over 300 children in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with Autism every year.
The exhibition entitled ‘Autism in Art’ has given the young people the opportunity to creatively share their experiences as Paul Morgan, Director of Children and Young People’s Services for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust explains:
“Autism affects people in many different ways and to varying degrees. People with autism have a wide range of abilities and needs, some are able to live independent lives, some need assistance at particular times, and others may need a lifetime of specialist support.
“Whilst many of our young people find verbal communication quite a challenge, they have really enjoyed expressing their emotions through the medium of art.
“We are very proud of their artistic talents showcased through this exhibition and would really encourage anyone to come along and see some beautiful and thought provoking pieces on display.”
The exhibition is taking place in the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown and is open to the public until this Friday, March 31.
For further information on the autism services provided at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust please call 028 3836 6777 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.