April 2nd, 2016 marked the 8th Annual United Nations’ World Autism Awareness Day. To honour this celebration, MPP Cristina Martins’ hosted an art opening on Monday, April 4th at her Davenport constituency office's rotating art gallery to welcome a new exhibit from the Creative Spirit Art Centre for the month of April.
MPP Martins announced that the provincial government will be investing $333 million dollars, over the next 5 years, in new funding for Autism Services to meet the diverse needs of children, youth and their families. “Our government recognizes that children and families wait a long time to receive some Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) services and we are determined to make further progress for them. The cost of inaction is too high –young children with ASD need access to services that have the highest impact on their developmental needs. With this new funding, 16,000 more children will receive the critical interventions they need each year.” explained MPP Martins.
The Creative Spirit Art Centre, founded 24 years ago by Ellen Anderson, offers people with disabilities a variety of creative opportunities by providing them with art education and studio space to create, sell and exhibit a wide array of art.
Young artist Orhan Guven produced an exhibition entitled: “Autism / Unframed / Reframed”, inspired by the cityscapes and architectural features of international cities of Toronto, New York City, Paris and Istanbul. His artwork explores the highly intricate relationship between perspective and structure.
Ginny Pearce, President of Autism Ontario was also present speaking about the important work their organization does to promote World Autism Awareness Day across 400 Ontario schools.
In addition to Orhan’s artwork, the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre presented their submissions to the Global Art Project for Peace, created by seniors, which will be delivered to Thailand in two weeks.
MPP Cristina Martins invites the community to check out this fantastic exhibit until the end of the month at her constituency office at 1199 Bloor Street West.
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