WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Transforming lives and changing attitudes about autism with a quilt.
The Disabled Persons Action Organization has a quilt on display. Each quilt square is handmade by someone with autism, or someone touched by the disorder, like a family member or a friend.
Each square was sewn together to make the large quilt that expressed each artist's hopes, views and dreams about autism.
The idea came from a young DPAO member who, through her passion of quilting, hoped to increase understanding and acceptance of individuals on the autism spectrum - something DPAO is all about.
"Every individual, whether or not you are on the spectrum, or whether or not you have a physical disability, everybody is different and you have to accept people for who they are and not the way that you want them to be. And the preconceptions of autism, still again, you have to accept people for who they are," said Terri Fulmer, DPAO respite coordinator.
DPAO is known for the concerts it puts on throughout the year, but staff there says the quilt is an example of why DPAO is so important.