While the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, needs related to community awareness still exist. Given the range of strengths, challenges, and needs that exist for individuals with ASD, the education and awareness of caregivers, teachers, providers, peers, and community members who support such individuals may be considered a primary form of intervention with ASD. Interactive experiences, such as this expo, provide an opportunity to highlight the strengths of individuals with ASD while promoting a more accepting, engaging, and supportive community for these individuals.
It is our hope that this expo will provide you with a glimpse into the minds of individuals with ASD. With social interaction being a primary area of challenge, communication through art provides an excellent means for expression. As a mother of one of the artists said, “Kids on the spectrum don’t need to be “cured”. They aren’t sick, they are just wired differently and if given a chance, they will amaze you.”
We appreciate your time, interest, and involvement and hope you will learn from the art, artists, and activities involved with the expo. We encourage you to use this insight in supporting families and individuals affected by ASD in your community. Increased acceptance and support of individuals with ASD within communities is integral in helping such individuals reach their highest potential!
Enjoy the expo, engage with the activities, and feel free to let us know if you have any questions or want to know how you can help extend support to those with ASD!
Sincerely, HANDS in Autism®