People With Autism Find Outlet in Artwork

June 15, 2010, Elko Daily Press

People With Autism Find Outlet in Artwork

ELKO — In real life John Williams has a difficult time looking people directly in the eye. In the portraits he creates, though, the eyes are the main focus of the work, usually looking directly at the viewer.

The artwork, he said, is “a direct outgrowth” of his disability. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, he explained on his Web site.  Williams, whose grandmother Berna Johnson lives in Elko, is featured in a new book “Drawing Autism.”  Read full article.

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Drawing Autism

May 23, 2010, Boston Globe

DRAWING AUTISM: John M. Williams, a Winchester artist who specializes in fine art collage, is featured in a new book about artists with autism.

“Drawing Autism’’ celebrates the artistry and self-expression found in drawings, paintings, and collages created by people with autism. It was written by behavior analyst and educator Jim Mullin, with an introduction by Temple Grandin, a well-known author and speaker with autism. Read full article.

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