The sharp rise in diagnoses of autism within the last two decades has been the focus of much discussion, controversy and misunderstanding in the public arena.
In private, there are many families finding their own ways of coping with one or more members along the autistic spectrum – which can range from milder forms such as Asperger’s syndrome to severe cases.
Living with Autism is an arts project founded by two mothers, Amelia Critchlow and Rachel Nixon, who led workshops where parents and children could express their unique experiences. Funded by Wandsworth Council, this exhibition features works by nine mothers and seven autistic children between the ages of 11-15.
The Living with Autism exhibition, at Putney Library until June 19, boasts vibrant and intimate art pieces by each of the workshop participants. You can get a sneak preview on the web site’s gallery display.
For more about what it’s like to live with someone on the autistic spectrum, check out Amelia’s deeply personal and powerful blog 101 Bird Tales.
Living with Autism is at Putney Library, 5/7 Disraeli Rd, London SW15 2DR until Sunday Jun 19.
Photo credit: Art work from the Living with Autism web site.