In an effort to raise awareness about the impacts of neurological disorders, Idyllwild Arts Academy Inter-arts student Jackson Bujnosek’s family decided to take this idea directly to campus. “With my personal passion for art, and the importance of certain social issues within my family circle, we’ve found it best appropriate to combine the two aspects together around one, unified and concrete cause,” Jackson wrote.
“Our brother, Beck Bujnosek, is diagnosed with severe autism on the spectrum. The project was ultimately inspired by him and to raise awareness about the other end of the autism spectrum which is not highlighted by the media. Many people who have autism cannot speak, have permanent immobility, and uncontrollable movement. The higher end of the spectrum is only one aspect of the larger picture. We hope to bring him to the reception.”
The event is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in Bowman Theatre (IAF Theatre) on campus.
Jackson plans to delve into stories about autism and related disorders in an informative, yet captivating way that educates the viewers about his personal voice while giving the audience a glance at the larger picture, which, he said, in reality, is both positive and negative.
“This will involve the true reality (from personal experience) of charities, their ultimate lack of helping those affected with autism disorders (even with good intention), and the larger blind-eye when considering the lack of funding that goes into autism-related programs even when one in 58 children get diagnosed on the spectrum,” said Jackson. “It is central to why physical items will be donated instead of cash.
“Testimony will be from my family and extended relatives, some of whom have backgrounds in health and hold doctorates in a related field. Their testimony will be quoted within the presentation; some may be able to come to the event.”
Donations are requested, and T-shirts and cupcakes will be sold.