Held in collaboration with The Brand Laureate, Ms. Chew Bee Peng, the CEO of The Brand Laureate stressed the importance of providing holistic support for Autism that included corporations, schools and non-government organisations.
Ms. Erina Law, the mother of Delwin, spoke on overcoming the obstacles of raising a savant child. Her son was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism at the age of 5. He also took a non-verbal IQ test then, and he scored 114, which is above the average score of 90. She spoke on how she trained her son to learn Mathematics, to speak and to adapt to overstimulation of sounds.
Delwin is now 13 years old and is accorded the title of “the World’s Youngest Savant Artist to hold a solo art exhibition” in the Malaysian Book of Records. He started to draw at a very young age of 3 years and his drawing mainly consists of African Safari animals such as the zebra, horse, lion and tiger. He has an ability to draw without needing the use of an eraser and his drawing is owned by well-known people such as Queen Elizabeth II, Barack Obama and Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh.
Asperger Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterised by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, so for Delwin to achieve all these is no small feat.
Delwin’s artworks were displayed for all to admire and be inspired. There were also exhibition booths set up at the Dictator Stage area by the students from the Faculty of Education.
Thank you, Delwin, for sharing your time with us at SEGi University.