The Different, Not Defective Exhibition, held at the TooT Artspace in St. Kilda from 13-30 June 2019 seeks to effect social change by raising awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Autism Spectrum is a lifelong developmental disorder characterised by difficulty in socialising, forming relationships and understanding verbal and non-verbal and communication (e.g. body language). Those with Autism experience discrimination and exclusion as they are often perceived as being indifferent, antisocial or lacking empathy. They are often ostracised from society and struggle to find employment.
The numbers of those diagnosed with Autism has increased dramatically in recent years. Being a graphic artist and designer on the Autism Spectrum, I believe it is becoming increasingly necessary to further educate society about Autism, its idiosyncrasies and promote social inclusion and acceptance of neurodiversity.