To honor #WorldAutismAwarenessDay we would like to tell you about Stephen Wiltshire.
Stephen was diagnosed with autism at age three, he comes from Britain, but he travels all around the world displaying his talents to the public. In 2009 he was invited by top U.S. television network CBS to New York, where he created his first panorama of the world’s most iconic cityscape. ‘Due to his personal love of New York it contains far more detail and the perspective of the panorama is much more in-depth, giving a more realistic, 3-D view of the city,’ said Iliana Taliotis, who works with Stephen and his family.
This breath-taking 18ft drawing of the world’s most famous skyline was created by autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire after he spent just 20 minutes in a helicopter gazing at the panorama.
After a 20-minute flight over the city of New York, Stephen Wiltshire, diagnosed with autism, draws the whole town with only his memory. pic.twitter.com/JtAN7tK0gN
— Gavin Koppel (@Gavinkoppel) March 21, 2017
Stephen’s life and work are very important, especially on the #WorldAutismAwarenessDay, because they draw public attention to the lives of autistic people, to their unique specificity and the special care attention and understanding they need. Maybe seeing America through Stephen’s eyes will help to prevent some tragic accidents which haunt Black autistic men in the country.