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Autism Unveiled: Two Young Indiana Artists

Two Indiana artists have participated in the "Autism Unveiled, Voices on the Spectrum" project, creating blog posts about themselves and their art. For six weeks leading up to World Autism Awareness Day in 2015, The Art of Autism published online statements by artists with autism.

Chelsea Dub is an art student currently studying animation and painting at Ball State University. She shares that despite exhibiting characteristics of autism as a child, she did not receive a formal diagnosis until just a few years ago. She was 22 years old. Dub believes her interest in visual art is related to her autism, "because I am a visual thinker, and I tend to communicate better through imagery or symbols." "Through my art, I attempt to challenge society’s perceptions of marginalized communities," writes Dub in her blog post "Chelsea: Vegan, feminist, artist, and #Autistic."

Read about Chelsea Dub on The Art of Autism website >

Thomas Ostrowski is a young experimental filmmaker from northeast Indiana. In his post "Experimental filmmaker, film buff, good friend and #Autistic," Ostrowski writes: "Having been diagnosed as a kid, I knew I was different from my peers. I kept it a secret until college where I started to become more comfortable with this part of who I am. I eventually made my senior project about myself as a way to advocate for myself." Ostrowski also composed the music for his video "Pacem in Lucem (Peace in Light)."

Read about Thomas Ostrowski on The Art of Autism website >

The Art of Autism is a collaborative project that brings awareness to the general public the creative abilities of people on the autism spectrum and others who are neurodivergent. "The Art of Autism continually accepts blog posts, art, poetry, video submissions and requests for book reviews. Our email newsletter includes opportunities for artists, poets, writers, and film makers."