Vico Cham at his solo art exhibit at SM Marikina Mall. Photo from Shine Special Education Center.
Vico Cham signs his work "proudly autistic." He is a nineteen year old artist from the Philippines who has already had his own solo art show and talks about his work in a recent interview:
“I like drawing a lot. I enjoy my drawing. I like to draw the garden, the butterfly,” Vico says, oftentimes just answering with a simple “yes” or “no’’. But his mom and teacher guide him to answer the questions properly.
Vico also likes to draw celebrities. He usually copies from a photograph of the person. He has already drawn celebrities he really admires like Iya Villania, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales, Myx VJ Robi Domingo, and American Idol runner-up David Archuleta. He has also drawn people close to his heart like his mom, his teachers, and other relatives, and of course, his self-portrait.
“I like Enchong Dee, the Gigger Boys, A-Pop, Diva Girls. I like watching television, ‘Shoutout’. I have a lot of drawings,” says Vico who also likes to sing and dance. ‘’I like Owl City’s ‘Fireflies’ and I like Justin Bieber and David Archuleta. I like to sing ‘How Great is Our God’.”
Roland Campbell, a 21-year-old man with autism, died April 18 while under restraint from police and caregivers. Despite the fact that the medical examiner who performed Campbell's autopsy suggested that an inquest be held to determine the cause of death, Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn has refused to order one:
Roland Campbell (Media Dis&dat)
A beautiful performance by a young boy with autism.
Santa visits with Noah and Christopher Yankey. Photo by Matt Barnard for Tulsa World.
As autism awareness increases, many more locations are hosting Sensitive Santa this year. One of those was the Westshore Plaza in Tampa, Florida:
Parents waiting with their autistic children for a different type of visit with Santa...what organizers call a "Sensitive Santa" visit.
"One of the most memorable moments of the holiday season is having a visit with Santa," said marketing director Kristy Genna. "We have created a sensory friendly environment. No music on. The mall is closed to regular shoppers."
I ain't gonna lie! Autistic rapper 50 Tyson recently made his New York City debut. This video features both interviews and performance footage.