ARTism showcased at Broome County Library

By Kelly McCarthy

April 2, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) April is Autism Awareness Month and today the United Nation's "World Autism Awareness Day."

The Broome County Public Library is showcasing a special exhibit all month long to promote more community support for people with autism.

The exhibit is called "ARTism" and all of the artwork was created by people in the community with autism.

The latest report on Autism from the CDC shows 1 in 68 children are identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The organizer of the ARTism exhibit said having a creative outlet is a good way for people with autism to connect with others.

"We're trying to show what kids can do, not what they can't do with autism," said Sally Colletti, owner of Advocates for Autism. "Now that it's so prevalent we really want to highlight, especially for the adults who need to find jobs and housing in our community."

If you or someone you know in the community has autism and creates artwork there are still spaces available in the ARTism Exhibit. Contact Mirella Fernandez at the Broome County Public Library for more information, (607) 778 - 6405 or mfernandez@co.broome.ny.us.

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