What if autism could be viewed from another angle?

Perhaps we could consider the potential in the unique brain pathway with which many autistic people experience life.

Yes, we know we might want to strive to help them function in society with success, but what if an equally important goal was to nurture some innate possibilities that are just beneath the surface?

Little Iris Grace is just such a confluence of common sense and uncommon gifts.

Image: Iris Grace news covers

Iris Grace’s news covers highlighting her wonderful talent!
Source: Iris Grace Painting

Let’s learn about five-year-old Ms. Grace’s beautiful art and relationship with one special being. Take a look:

Here’s what video producer Arabella Carter-Johnson says of the above video of the five-year-old wunderkind Iris Grace:

Paintings by Iris Grace, a 5 year old with an extraordinary talent to express herself through painting. She is Autistic and is only just starting to talk but is able to paint in a style far beyond her years. We wanted to share her art to raise awareness of her condition and inspire other families in similar situations to ours. Autism is currently affecting around 100,000 children in the UK and these numbers are rising.

In the summer of 2013 Iris’s story was published Globally in 227 different countries and over 3 million people visited her site with now over 134 thousand following her adventures on Facebook. She has sold paintings to private art collectors here in the UK and all over the world, in Europe, America, South America and Asia.” 2

Filmmaker Rupert Ward-Lewis also has a wonderful version of Ms. Grace’s work, titled Iris: A portrait of an artist. Check that out here:

So what’s the point? One of the many takeaway messages of today’s article is simple: never argue for your (or another’s) limitations.

Think broadly. Are you aware of others who have the potential for wonderful things? See what you can do to be a catalyst for their potential.

That’s what we do here on EWC! After only one year, we are now in 190 countries with tens of thousands of Facebook fans from places as diverse as the U.S. as well as Nepal, Cambodia, Algeria, Canada, Pakistan and Brazil, and the list goes on and on!

We write one carefully fact-checked article every day about positive news and insight from around the globe. Turns out more than a few people were ready for a change in the dialogue about our world.

You can join our community of still hopeful, curious and innovative people. Take a look at a collage of just a tiny slice of our articles:

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Stay open, curious, and hopeful!

~Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. “Iris Grace Painting.” Vimeo. Arabella Carter-Johnson, 25 Jan. 2015. Web. 26 Jan. 2015. <https://vimeo.com/117709009>.
  2. “Iris Grace Painting.” Vimeo. Arabella Carter-Johnson, 25 Jan. 2015. Web. 26 Jan. 2015. <https://vimeo.com/117709009>.
  3. “Iris – A Portrait of an Artist.” Vimeo. Rupert Ward-Lewis, 16 July 2013. Web. 09 Oct. 2015. <https://vimeo.com/70424410>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.