A Montgomery County foundation is helping to shine the light on adults with autism and the plight they face through a special event.
The Madison House Autism Foundation has teamed up with The Universities at Shady Grove to help organize a month-long art exhibit at the university's Priddy Library.
The show entitled "Through Our Eyes" features the work of 40 adult artists within the spectrum of autism. Their works include pictures, paintings, sculptures and more. All of them speak to each artist’s personal challenge living with autism.
Esther Brokaw is thrilled to be one of the artists featured.
"I think it's important to show the talent and to make a venue for autistic individuals to come out and show their work and participate in society and hopefully grow,” she says.
The Madison House Autism Foundation was founded in 2008 by Dr. Gregory and JaLynn Prince. It was through their experience with their now 24-year-old autistic son, Madison, that there are few services for adults with autism. The foundation works to get rid of barriers and increase opportunities for the growing number of adults with autism.
"We have thousands of people sometimes waiting ten years across the country to get services,” Prince says. “They don't have a lot of help to have successful lives and there's so much talent and ability within this population."
Dozens of people came to show their support for the cause, including FOX 5's Sue Palka, who emceed the opening reception for the exhibit.
It included music and performance from artists with autism like Chou Chou Scantlin, who talks about her journey and inspires with song.
Madison house is based in Montgomery County, but they are a national foundation.
Many of the works of art on exhibit are for sale.
The exhibit is free and will be showcased all month.