Beau­ti­ful minds on dis­play

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Sci­en­tists still don’t quite know what goes on in­side the mind of an autis­tic child de­spite a grow­ing amount of at­ten­tion be­ing fo­cused on the con­di­tion and fund­ing be­ing fun­neled to­ward re­search. A new ex­hibit at the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion’s Global Health Odyssey Mu­seum in At­lanta is at­tempt­ing to pro­vide a few an­swers, how­ever, even if they are of the non­sci­en­tific sort.

Con­ceived by three At­lanta-area autism ad­vo­cacy groups, “Rec­og­niz­ing Tal­ents and Abil­i­ties” is a month­long ex­hibit of painted tiles cre­ated by autis­tic artists ages 4 to 22. The 64 ce­ramic can­vases in­clude works that range from im­pres­sion­ism and ab­stract to bright and vi­brant and dark and moody, says Melody Stevens, a pub­lic health an­a­lyst with the CDC’s Na­tional Cen­ter on Birth De­fects and De­vel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties.

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