Besides an autistic artist, I’m also an autism consultant. When I was younger I didn’t understand anything of the world around me, nor did I understand language. I got myself through every day by studying, memorizing and copying other people’s behaviour, language and customs. Even though at first everything I said and did was all just copied, I slowly made it my own until I was confident enough to try to find my own words and language inside myself.
Our beautiful redheaded daughter Candace, aka Candy, is 12 years old and has severe autism. Candy is nonverbal but she is an amazing painter! Even though Candy is unable to communicate through words and has trouble interacting with others, she is able to express herself through her paintings. Candy's art has inspired people and raised autism awareness around the world! Most importantly, her paintings give people hope.
Ryan Sidofsky is 19 years old. He lives in Markham and attends Markham District High School, in the program for Special Needs Students. His interests include Canadian Geography, Toronto History, and Meteorology. He is an avid sportsman, and enjoys badminton, bowling, swimming, mini-golf and basketball; he is a member of the D.A.N.I Basketball group.
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