Complimentary Wine Tasting & Artist Reception - Thursday May 24 from 4-6PM
For the last 2 decades the most widely spread disability that young children have been diagnosed with is Autism/Pervasive Development Disorder. When I was 3 years old I stopped talking and all things I used to know as a baby went away. I became different than all the other children in my nursery school, and I would remain different for the rest of my life. When I was a child I discovered the world around me through touch instead of using words to ask questions. Certain textures and vibrant colors attracted me and I had trouble keeping my hands to myself
As I grew older I became more and more aware of how different I was from everyone else. I was not allowed to participate in many activities in high school. I wanted to stay with my peers in the classroom. I struggled to understand why I had to learn and practice academic subjects in a separate room most of the time. I felt excluded and isolated and to make matters worse, I endured derision and caprice from my classmates at school. One day I picked up a paintbrush instead of a pencil and found that my heart and my mind poured out onto the paper in the form of various strokes and colors. My artwork became my solace.
I have learned that living with Autism/Pervasive Development Disorder is not a curse, but a gift from God. My disability has made me a stronger person. I embrace being different. Growing up with Autism has been difficult at times, but it has given me a unique perspective of the world in which we live. Art has provided me with the ability to express my distinct vision and vivid emotion. Art has given me the voice I lost when I was 3 years old.
Megan Bernardi Cell +1(203) 731-1830