The Notebook of an Autistic Artist

The New York Times recently published an extensive profile of an autistic young man and his struggles to function more independently as an adult in the working world. His ambition is to be an illustrator and animator– below are some photos of the amazing little drawings he does in the composition book he carries with him everywhere. You can see the notebook itself on the table in front of him in the family shot.

Read more at Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World –



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5 Responses to “The Notebook of an Autistic Artist”

  1. I wish the picture of the notebook were a little bigger and more in focus, but from what I can tell, this is amazing.

  2. I am glad whenever articles about autistic adults are published, especially when it shows them as having agency and doing things for themselves. Autistics should be entitled to use their unique skills to contribute to society like anyone else.

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  3. Incredible, very good blog. Keep it up!

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