A common stereotype is that people with autism have “special skills” or extraordinary talents, particularly with math and numbers (we have Rain Man to thank for this, in large part).
While this is true for some, it is definitely not true for all; savantism is only present in 10 percent of individuals on the spectrum. So, despite the wide media coverage of savants, they’re actually very, very rare.
Many more people on the spectrum do not have these genius-like talents. And you know what? That’s totally okay! There’s nothing wrong with that! People with autism do not need to earn their right to be valued in society by accomplishing jaw-dropping feats.
Extraordinary abilities and talents—or lack thereof—do not make a person with autism any more or less awesome, valuable, or deserving of love and equal treatment. Regardless of ability, they are all human beings with inherent dignity and worth. They all deserve the same amount of love and respect.
However, I’d be lying if I said it’s not mind-blowing to watch some of the talented people on the spectrum do their thing. And this case is no exception.
Aaron is just seven years old, yet he paints an incredible picture using Microsoft Paint. It’s absolutely stunning; if you’ve ever played around in Microsoft Paint, you’ve probably created some rudimentary pictures without a lot of depth or detail (I know that’s the case for me!). But Aaron creates an image that is definitely picture frame-worthy.
Below, you can see a time-lapse video of him creating the masterpiece. Check out his incredible work!
Do you think you could make art like this? We may not be the most artistically inclined people, but we think it looks pretty challenging!
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A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.