|Lego Island Snapshots|
All parents want their child to find a hobby that inspires them; to be an author, pianist, paint or sculptor, etc. Parents with special needs children are no different. But when your child is nonverbal and has trouble with fine motor skills it's not always easy to pinpoint what it is that he can do...or do well.
I say this knowing those around Matthew will quickly point out how much he loves to play on the computer, work puzzles, care for soft furry animals, and loves to read (and share) his TV Guide. Yes, those are good hobbies and keep him busy but they are "different". They point more to Matthew's obsessions than to any noteworthy achievement. Today he achieved a new title: Photographer.
|Matthew's European Travels|
Over the years Matthew has had great fun taking pictures. I've shared some of them with you. Gotta love the digital cameras. Sometimes there would be dozens of shots of the back seat of the car or the cat hiding underneath the table or the puppy's soft, soft ear... We noticed long ago that Matthew's pictures gave us a special insight to how he views things. But it was still somewhat surprising when we discovered hidden among the expected pictures some real gems. Grandma even thought Matthew should have a special display wall which we printed as part of our redecorating project.
A few months ago an organization called Mosaic, provider of services for handicapped kids and adults in the valley, sent an email about their special 25th Anniversary celebration. (You can read more about their locations and services by clicking link: Mosaic.) They invited community members to participate by providing artwork. Since Matthew's pictures are a such unique perspective I wrote them and offered some of Matthew's some for display. Not only did they say yes, but wanted to meet Matthew and see more of his work. Well, what can I say? We were happy to share.
|Master of the Mouse!|
|Matthew was allocated a whole table for his display!|
Today Matthew is not autistic, brain injured, multiply handicapped. No, today Matthew is a Photographer.
|Matthew's Display Information|