National Autism Awareness Month

Autistic artist expresses his emotions through paint.

April 18, 2016

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Artist Jeremy Sicile-Kira sees letters, words and people’s emotions in a very unique way – he sees them in color. Jeremy, a 27-year-old from Del Mar, Calif., is a nonverbal autistic artist with synesthesia who just opened his first curated solo art show, Inner Dimensions, in San Diego - just in time for National Autism Awareness Month.

As the San Diego Union Tribune explains, Jeremy’s synesthesia is "a condition in which his senses are sort of cross-referenced, lending vivid, visual elements to his perception. Numbers dance and bounce in colored bubbles.”

Jeremy was a child once dismissed as intellectually disabled, but as the Union Tribune article noted, “he earned an academic diploma from Torrey Pines High School and delivered a recorded commencement speech. After graduating from high school, he co-authored a book, A Full Life with Autism, to help other young people transition to adulthood.”

Jeremy has done just that, turning his unique senses into a career. To see Jeremy’s work, the Creators Project profiles him and features many of his pieces.

Jeremy is not alone as an artist with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With 1 in 68 children identified with ASD complimentary treatments, including art, physical fitness and music help with the mental and emotional growth of a child with ASD.

Overall wellness – physical, mental and nutritional – plays an important role in the care of an autistic child.

Through our network of community partners, like Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, Starlight supports children, families and communities living with autism. Rady's Autism Discovery Institute is a state-of-the-art facility that provides comprehensive services and advanced research into autism spectrum disorders.

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