Communication and Learning

Project by

Prof. Nina Sabnani

This project will be exhibited at Design Degree Show 2015, 13th to 17th June.

Illustrated Book on Autism

This project aims to create awareness about Autism and also make people, especially parents understand what goes on in the mind of an autistic kid. It involved a great deal of research and the end product is an illustrated book.

The first half of the book is from the parents’ perspective, when they notice something is different about their child. In the second half, the child is explaining some of his behaviors, something that most autistic people can’t articulate.

Below are some of the spreads from the book:

The book begins with the parents that something is different about their child. They then look at all the symptoms that set him apart.
Their autistic son can't do simplest things like wearing the correct shoe, or mingling with other kids. The doctor then tells the parents that the child is autistic
Now the perspective shifts to the child. He is shown explaining his habits like poking his eyes, and his inability to comprehend people's experssions
He explains why he can't bear to stay at school and why rough or textured surfaces are so pleasing for him. The aim was to remove the stigma and mystery shrouding this neurodevelopmental disorder.

  • Sylvia Francis

    I am in love with this one. Last year I was a part of a play in church, where I played the mother of an autistic child, whose role was played by my sister. I even helped set up its screen play, so I do relate to a lot with this. The entire subject itself is very close to my heart, although I don’t personally know anyone with autism.

    BTW, the first picture shown here- we had a scene just like that, with my sister making exactly those expressions as the kid! <3

    Thank you. This is a really god initiative. God bless!

  • Manoj Sharma

    Beautiful work. Especially love the way you made blank faces.