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News from the Hoffmann Foundation Autism charity London - Hoffmann Foundation

Talented People

Written on 11th August 2015 by Hoffmann Staff

Stephen Wiltshire

Stephen is an extraordinary artist who is able to draw pieces of art by using his photographic memory. This means he is able to look at a landscape just once, then mentally refer to what he had seen, instead of using a physical picture.  Due to his talent, Wiltshire was made a member of the order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2006. This being the same year that he opened a permanent gallery on the Royal Opera Arcade in London. At the age of three he was diagnosed to be on the autism spectrum. When he was a child he went to a special school called Queensmill School in West London. The teachers took his art equipment to encourage him to ask for things. His first word he was able to say was “paper” and at the age of nine he was able to communicate fully. Stephen stated that his favourite things to draw are landmarks of recognisable buildings and city landscapes. The most recognisable piece that Wiltshire has created is a bird’s eye view of London. He did this by going on a helicopter ride over London then after the ride; he drew what he saw on his journey all from memory.

Temple Grandin

Temple is a bestselling author, an autistic activist and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behaviour. She invented a device called a hug box which was designed to calm those within the autism spectrum. In 1966 she graduated from Hampshire County School, went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology, her master degree in animal science and a doctoral degree in animal science. She studied the behavior of cattle, how they react to ranchers, movements, objects and light. Grandin then designed adapted curved corrals, intended to reduce stress, panic and injury in animals being led to slaughter. Due to Temple’s undeniable success in her chosen field of work, she was listen in the ‘Time 100’ list of the one hundred most influential people in the world under the ‘Heroes’ category in 2010.

Susan Boyle

Susan is a Scottish Singer who came to international attention when she appeared as a contestant on Britain's Got Talent, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. She was raised thinking that she had been briefly deprived of oxygen during a difficult birth resulting in a learning disability; however in 2012-13 she was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Her appearance on the UK’s prime time talent show was watched by millions of people on ITV and viewed over two hundred million times on YouTube. Since her original TV appearance, Susan has gone on to release four hugely successful albums, along with making her acting debut in 2013 and in the same year, it had been revealed that Boyle had sold over Nineteen million albums worldwide, along with receiving two Grammy nominations. 





By Oliver Chan

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