Congratulations on the success of the 3rd annual World Autism Awareness Day Youth Art Exhibition!
Many people have heard of autism, but they have never been in contact with autistic children, let alone understand the world of autistic children.
Autism is a growing serious developmental issue and is affecting all parts of the world. Although there is no consensus for how best to address the condition yet, education can help autistic children become more independent.
“Drawing is one of the favorite activities for most autistic children.” Lei Wang, the Principal of West California Academy of Art and Design, speaks at the ceremony, “many parents have sent their autistic children to our school to take art classes. These children are very gifted and wonderfully creative.”
According to Lei, the autistic children produce extraordinary artworks to express their inner world and their feelings. Art creation opens up new worlds for autistic children and enriches their lives. “It has been such a joy to watch them make tremendous improvements in creating their own, unique art. In a word, art discovers joy in their own self and brings out the best in them.”
15 copies of WCAAD students award-winning artworks are selected by Lei and donated to the Exhibition.
The following two copies were bought by guests from the Exhibition.
Title： Sharing is Caring
Artist: Angie Li
This artwork won the California State 1st Place award at the 2020 Doodle4Google Art Contest.
Title：In the Sunshine
Artist: Caressa Siu
This artwork won the National 1st Place award at the 1997 Metlife Children’s Drawing Contest
“In the eyes of our school’s art instructors, the autistic children are no different from others,” Lei said, “we should treat autistic children equally, respect them, and protect their sensitivity and self-esteem, just like we do to all other children.”
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to designate April 2 as the "World Autism Awareness Day", aiming to bring the world's attention to autism and the tens of millions of people affected. From then on, more and more people have joined efforts in caring the autistic children, trying best to help them live a normal life.
Let's continue our commitment and work together to bring the lovely autistic children a better tomorrow!