Exhibition puts autism in frame


Published 18/12/2012 | 18:06

■ Mary Durcan, Manager, Sligo/Leitrim Autism Centre; Christopher Kelly, Cliona Kelly, Cathal Kelly, Trisha Kelly and Carmel Burke, Transition Officer for ASD, HSE North West.

IT WAS a very special art exhibition. And the 16 paintings mounted on the wall were not the only expressions of eloquence.

So too were the proud smiles of the teenage artists and their families.

The ' Art – Our Way' exhibition offered an insight into the mind of young people with autism.

It took place in the Primary Care Centre beside Markievicz House in Sligo on Friday afternoon.

The artists were: Christopher Lynch, 18, Collooney; Maricel Regio, 18, Sligo; Naomi Reilly, 17, Culfadda; Kris Cabaj, 17, Drumshanbo; Daniel Casey, 16, Cartron, Sligo; Rian Pereira, 15, Grange; and Cliona Kelly, 14, St. Anne's, Sligo.

Under the guidance of artist/therapist Martha Van Der Meulen, they've been working on their art pieces for six months.

It's part of an EU funded life skills programme for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder.

On behalf of the HSE, Mary Durcan, manager of autism services in Sligo/Leitrim said: "I've seen the great strides the young people have made since the programme began in September 2011."

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