Celebrating International Down Syndrome Day with Focus Comics

We are proud to celebrate Neuro diversity week, and World Down Syndrome Day this week by teaching our autistic and special needs students how to draw Elijah Quintero as a comic character.

World Down Syndrome Day is marked each year on March 21, beginning in 2007. The 21st day of March was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. World Down Syndrome Day is sanctioned by the United Nations.

We drew Elijah Quintero, who has autism and down syndrome as he is a valuable member of our free art camp. We love and respect him and want to express our appreciation towards him through art. We want to uplift him with our artistic abilities and raise down syndrome awareness through an art exhibit we will host at Tutugether art studio this Friday at 5.30pm.

In an effort to celebrate International Down syndrome day, our students will present their art to the general public. We look forward to graduating our students on this program to celebrate their accomplishments. The kids also have a day packed with free arts and crafts activities (including tufting), and we have free catering planned for the kids at Pita Jungle.

We will have our students art on a Focus comic certificate of achievement that resembles a Focus comic, and special gifts planned for our students also. Please come on down to the art studio to see our Focus Comic Down Syndrome Day art exhibition by Down syndrome, autistic and special needs talent.

Art studio venue for our Focus comic Down Syndrome Day exhibit:

TuTugether Arizona :740 S Mill Ave, Suite 120, Tempe, AZ 85281

Time: 5pm -7.30pm

We will joined by Tempe fire services who will bring their fire truck to show the kids and also offer the kids firemen helmets and badges to celebrate their accomplishments on this special program.

We will gift Elijah art work from the exhibition so it will help him gain a stronger sense of self and identity knowing he his loved by his class mates and the community.

At Focus comics we are honored to support autistic and special needs kids. There are not enough published autistic and down syndrome artists within the comic industry and so we are working hard to create life enriching opportunities for our students by developing their skills, giving them vocational work experience and providing experiences they cannot get else where.

The kids learned technical drawing skills on comic character design and how to draw digitally using the wacom digital drawing devices they received as gifts.

Check out our students art, and also art by our award winning comic creator and art teacher Yvonne Wan. Yvonne Wan is the creator of Focus comics which features one of the worlds first autistic super heroes. Also please check out the drawing Elijah did of himself. We are sure the exhibit will help raise down syndrome acceptance in the community as we will distribute the content and our love for diversity through different media platforms and in person.

Love our project? Please support us in any way you can. You can reach out to us at [email protected]

If you have a child with autism and special needs please sign up to one of our free art programs. We would love to help your child thrive through comic art.