Autism South Africa is hosting an online auction to feature talented artists on the spectrum and all the funds will go directly to the artists.
South Africa (26 April 2021) – April is World Autism Acceptance Month and this year, Autism South Africa (ASA) is hosting an online art auction to raise funds and to celebrate the beautiful artworks by people supported through the organisation.
One of the main goals of ASA is to raise awareness and to help people understand Autism. As many as 1 in 68 children born today are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Nobody knows the exact cause of ASD. No two cases of ASD are the same but understanding the disorder as a whole, helps one adapt their understanding of individual cases.
Autistic people experience the world in a completely different way than people not on the spectrum. It is called a spectrum because no case is the same and each person will have a different reaction to the world and stimulants around them.
ASA’s Art Auction features artworks by South Africans on the spectrum. When browsing the gallery, you can see how each artist interprets the world through their art.
“Autism South Africa’s theme for 2021 is ‘Think Neurodiversity; Presume Competence’ (the same as 2020). To presume competence is to assume that an autistic person has the capacity to think, learn, and understand. We want this message to get out there, and for autistic persons to be viewed in terms of their incredible strengths and talents.
We want to celebrate the wonderful, gifted creativity and talents of our autistic community. Our “Autistic Artists” were asked to submit artwork for the auction! They could submit two works that will be auctioned online.”
The funds from each artwork will go directly to the artist, supporting them during the pandemic and encouraging them to keep working on their selected crafts. The auction is being hosted on BidorBuy and neither ASA nor BidorBuy will take a commission, meaning 100% of the funds will go to the artist in need.
The auction will run until the 10th of May, so get your bids in! You can browse the art and place your bids here.