By participating with students with autism, young adults and teenagers can get to know and interact with a group of students who they do not typically work with. This activity will allow for the exchange of creative processes and ideas between students, even if the students are not much different in age. In addition, students will be able to understand in a broader sense the way in which people think and work when creating artwork. This is a two-way experience and inspiration that will allow people to broaden their horizons and make new creative connections while for them and for others.
When I was a high school student, I participated in a similar program to this at my county’s local museum. Through this program, I am confident to say that I instilled more confidence in myself as a creator as well as helped instill confidence in the students with autism. I was a volunteer in this program for three years, and throughout these years, I saw many changes in the students who I was working with. I got to know a few of these students on a personal level, and I created a strong relationship with one of the young teenagers who I then continued to work with outside of the program. Not only did I feel like I was helping my community, but my community helped me become a stronger creator as well. In order to be a strong creator, one must understand how their creative endeavors will inspire the lives of others.
It is important to make an impact in other students’ lives, and it is important to realize that not everyone has the same learning abilities. Therefore, by engaging with students with autism in a creative way, people have the ability to interact with these students on a visual level that everyone can understand in their own unique ways.