You’d never know it by looking at his amazing drawings today, but when he was younger, D.J. Svoboda could barely grasp a pen. It’s common for young people with autism to struggle with fine motor skills, but it creates more problems, such as poor school performance and a feeling of being different from one’s peers. D.J. also struggled with feelings of isolation brought on by his autism. Things just weren’t going right for him at all.
However, things started to turn around for him in middle school when he discovered art. Thanks to a teacher who thought art class might help improve D.J.’s fine motor skills, D.J. slowly learned how to hold writing implements, actually write words, and make beautiful art. That last part might just be the icing on the cake, but it has helped D.J. feel like he has a place to fit in in the world, which is a huge accomplishment.
Today, D.J. Svoboda raises awareness of issues related to autism and bullying with his greeting cards, calendars, and books. They all feature colorful characters that he calls the “Imagifriends.” And they’re all pretty awesome.
“When I do the art, I can picture them helping the world to understand more about autism, to understand that everybody is special the way they are, because the inside of a person is what matters the most,” says D.J..
Would you be interested in owning a piece of D.J.’s artwork? We think it’s pretty great! Take a look at this video to see just how amazing this budding young artist is.
Congratulations, D.J., on finding your place in the world! You deserve every bit of recognition you get for your fantastic drawings!Whizzco