Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Autism Shines at Annual Art Show

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Autism Shines at Annual Art Show

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AS PART of Mackay Autism Support Group Awareness Activities in Mackay, the annual Autism Shines Through Art show at Mt Pleasant Shopping Centre came to a successful end recently with the presentation of prizes.

C[pounds sterling]Those in our community diagnosed on the autism spectrum often have trouble communicating and participating socially in the community,C[yen] Debbie Brooker, volunteer co-ordinator of Mackay Autism Support Group, said.

C[pounds sterling]Art is one medium many of them communicate through and some have great talents in this area, that can lead them on to careers in the arts.C[yen]

Jen Britton, the 2012 art show convener, had great pride in this year's display, knowing that behind each piece of work was a very special person who has made an awesome achievement.

C[pounds sterling]This person might have talents and a beautiful personality gone mostly unnoticed and it has probably taken a great deal of persuasion and courage for them to put their work on display,C[yen] she said. …

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