September 30, 2012

Shattering Barriers

Shattering Barriers

Last week I had the pleasure of going to a fundraiser luncheon for the MacDonald Training Center Foundation.  This organization exists to “empower people with disabilities to lead the lives they choose.”  It was so great to see the type of work they are doing and how they are impacting lives.

As many of you know from previous sketches, my wife works with students with autism.  One of the things that she stresses all the time and that was also a big part of what they said at the luncheon is that, although these people suffer from disabilities that are out of their control, they are capable of doing so much more then we give them credit for.  Many of them can have full time jobs, live on their own, and become an active part of society.

Chris, as seen in the drawing, is one such person that I had the pleasure of meeting at the event.  For the longest time people thought that he had no artistic ability.  Then, thanks to the foundation, he had the opportunity to take some art classes and do his own art work.  Since then he has really blossomed as an artist.  He has art in several galleries including a gallery at the Tampa Times Forum and, ultimately, art has become a great way for him to express himself.

If you would like to help the foundation please check out the following link:


  1. Ashley says:

    I’ve known Chris since he was a little boy, and to know him is to love him! So proud of the young man he has become and very honored to own several pieces of his art hanging in my home.

    You captured him beautifully, especially his smile!

  2. admin says:

    Thank you so much Ashley. I was inspired by the work Chris is doing and really the organization as a whole. It is also great to hear how Chris has touched you.

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