Art for Autism: Priceless

Posted on May 1, 2014

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By Katie Butler

Screen_Shot_2014-04-14_at_12Many famous works of art are called “priceless.” These pieces are considered so extraordinary, special, and unique that no individual could possibly put a price on them, however, the pieces of art used in the 6th Annual Art for Autism Art Show are “priceless” for a completely different reason; these works of art are helping the needs of autistic individuals in the Memphis area. Though they may have a price tag that is less than millions, no price can be put on the value that comes from helping those with autism.

The 6th Annual Art for Autism Art Show was held Saturday, April 12th from 6pm-9pm at Askew Nixon Ferguson Arch Inc. on Union. The event included an exhibit and silent auction presented by the Autism Society of the Mid-South, while local artists provided the artwork that was bid on.

The funding for the treatment and research of autism is extremely important and in need of recognition. Autism is a developmental disability that impairs an individual’s ability to communicate and interact with others. The disability effects more and more people each year, averaging 1 in 42 boys and 1 and 189 girls. While there is no single known cause of autism, increased awareness and funding can help families today learn about helpful forms of treatment and promote a healthier lifestyle for all dealing with the disease, both the patient or family members alike. Therefore, the 6th Annual Art for Autism Show will use the funds raised on the 12th to promote awareness and provide treatment for those living with autism or taking care of an autistic patient.

The Autism Society of the Mid-South is the organization behind this event and is a great resource for the autistic community in regard to education, advocacy, and support. The group encourages those with autism to connect and engage in the world around them through self-motivation and self-determination. Further, the Autism Society of the Mid-South believes that all autistic individuals should have access to the services that he or she needs, and this art show and auction will give them means to achieve their goal.

Art can be valuable, but knowledge, treatment, and care in the area of autism are each priceless.

Katie Butler is a freshman at Rhodes College.

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