Artist or Autist? Both.

Dyspraxia Awareness Week

I’m celebrating my first Dyspraxia Awareness Week! If you’re new to Dyspraxia, then consider it a close cousin of Asperger’s and Dyslexia. Senior Editor of Bustle Jenny Hollander perfectly sums up the essence of what it’s about; when signals from your brain aren’t all making it through to your body.

Incidents and Accidents

This is me. Identified at 35 as being dyspraxic, everything good, bad and indifferent about me suddenly made sense. For me, some of the simple ways it presents include trying to walk through doors before I’ve opened them, routinely hitting my skull off over-head objects and frequently spilling ink because I’ve a) not threaded the lid on properly then b) knocked it over in an effort to pick it up.

Bringing My A-Game

Like their neurodiverse Aspie counterparts, dyspraxic folks like me can struggle massively with learning a sequence of information, turning thoughts into words, and functioning in any given social situation.

These aside, my own spikey cognitive profile fortunately lends itself to creative thinking and visual interpretation; must-haves for any designer. Like most people, I’m only at the start of understanding dyspraxia and its relationship with art and design, but it’s a significant link and one to be explored by anyone interested in design thinking.

Dyspraxia in the Wild

A couple of creative dyspraxic projects that caught my eye this week:

Art, Design and Neurodiversity by Luca M Damiani

Creative Mentors for Neurodiverse young people

Imagination Dyspraxia Creativity Cardboard Box
Happy accidents.