Written by Mrs. Olbrys, Ocotober 2010
Alexander prefers to be called Alex or Al instead
of Alexander. He is 21 years old and has autism.
Because of autism, Alex does not talk like a
regular 21 year old. He is a post secondary
student at Jardon in Hazel Park, where he learns
Alex likes to draw and paint. Drawing and
painting come naturally to him. He is always
busy and he likes to express himself through
colors and his paintings. One can say that his
paintings show his personality, which is happy.
Alex learned how to draw and paint when he
was 7 with many teachers but the most noted is
Mrs. Ilham Mafouz who is an artist of her own
merit. She introduced to him big canvases,
strong colors and abstract art. He also has
learned from Ms. Katie, at The Art Experience,
the skill of reproducing pictures or anything in
sight. Alex is learning how to make frames from
his father who is very adroit with his hands.
Alex then makes his own frames for his art.
Alex has many other interests as well. He
participates in Special Olympics and competes in
various events. He swims with Angel Finns,
kicks a ball on the soccer field with the
Rochester Rockers, hits a puck into the net with
the infamous Michigan Far Flyers, drops a basket
with the Jardon Dragons, bowls with the
Wolverines etc.. to name a few.
Alex also works at the pottery wheel every
Saturday at the Pontiac Arts Center. It was a
challenge for him but he is able to produce some
nice bowls. For a hobby, Alex loves to fish but
has not had too much luck there!