Justin Nutt, BSW, LMSW, LAC

Justin Nutt, BSW, LMSW, LAC

Social Justice Solutions | Staff Writer
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Autism Shifting Perceptions


Neri Avraham, 4 years ago, was graduating and had planned to go to prom.  One of his mother’s students at Gann Academy Waltham High School said she wanted to go with him, another student also wished to go with him.  This caused a concern that when Neri was dancing with one of them, the other would be at left alone.  Luckily, a third student also said she wished to take Neri.  He called them his three angels (in reference to Charlie’s Angels.)

In the picture, we see two of the three girls who took Neri to the prom in 2009, and Neri is still close to the one on the right.  She coached him as a friend and worked with Neri all 4 of the years she was in college.  Once a week, the two spend time together doing things like playing pool, going to the movies, or just hanging out and talking.

Many of you may have heard of Neri, as he is a rather popular artist who has autism and is part of The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions project.  This project showcases artistic works from individuals who are autistic.

So often we think the world is filled with bad, but the truth is that good people and extraordinary things are out there as well.  Before we judge, it is of great importance to take the time to find out what the truth is, because the truth may truly inspire us.  Neri’s art is something that is truly amazing, it shows the world in a way that we as a society tend to overlook.  Beauty is truly all around us, all we have to do is open our eyes and let ourselves see it.

By Justin Nutt, LMSW
SJS Staff Writer



neri by Nirith Avraham

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