As an autistic teen, Niam Jain doesn’t speak much. But ever since the 13-year-old picked up a paintbrush last summer, he’s found a way to express himself, and the art world is listening.
“I think he’s replaced speech,” says his mother, Nina Jain. “He can express it any way he wants.”
Niam, who lives in Toronto, has autism spectrum disorder, a social communication disorder. Diagnosed at age two, he has minimal speech and comprehension and uses technology to communicate. Niam is in special education class and loves school.