April is National Autism Awareness Month and The Fine Grind in Little Falls will once again host of the art of a young local man from Cedar Grove with autism. Matthew will have his heartfelt art up throughout the month of April. 100% of the profits made from the sale of Matthew’s art are being directly donated to his family to pay for therapy and materials that help Matthew flourish. Matthew has been exhibiting his art every April at The Fine Grind for Autism Awareness month since 2012.
Matthew will host his art opening on Saturday, April 16 from 2pm-4pm at The Fine Grind. Musician Maggie Squilante, a longtime friend of Matthew, will be providing the tunes!
What is autism? At its core, autism is a neurological challenge where children have difficulty relating and connecting to those around them. 1 out of 110 children have autism and 1 out of 70 boys are diagnosed with it. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.
About Matthew: Matthew is 16 years old and has autism; it’s just another part of who he is. Matthew has many talents and one of them is drawing. Sometimes he uses drawing as a form of communication; most of the time, he does it just because he loves to do it.
About Beth and Joe, Matthew’s parents: We are the parents of the most amazing, wonderful 16-year-old boy Matthew. He has changed the way we see things, he has changed the way we think. Matthew has taught us to be braver and to see with our heart. He has shown us that everyone is different and everyone is special in their own way. The most profoundly beautiful and exquisite moments we have ever had have been those we have spent with Matthew.