At Freedom Care we believe it’s important to promote a meaningful lifestyle while individuals are dealing with complex health needs.  That is why we decide to look at some success stories to give some inspiration to those who need it.  This week Freedom Care would like to draw your attention to a very gifted artist called Stephen Wiltshire.

Stephen was born in London in 1974 and was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3.  He did not learn to speak until the age of 9, but by the age of 5 he had expressed an interest in art, drawing specifically, and use this as a form of communication.  The teachers and carers recognising his interest, encouraged his passion for drawing and like Picasso, his first words were “pencil” and “paper”.

Stephen had his first commission at the age of 8 of the Salisbury Cathedral.  Today he is known for a number of famous pieces including the 18 foot sketch of New York, based on a 20 minute helicopter ride over the city.

In 2006 the Queen awarded Stephen a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)  in recognition of his service to art, he later went on to open his first gallery in London and is currently looking at opening a new gallery in New York.

Stories like this give those that suffer from Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD or any of the personality disorders a sense of what can be achieved with the right support, and at Freedom Care we can do just that.

To find out how we, at Freedom Care can help you please contact us here.

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