Surrey art program helps one young man with autism express himself

Global News

VANCOUVER – Surrey resident April Linke cannot sing the praises of a local art program called Studio Seventy Three enough.

Her son Kurt is now 21 and was diagnosed with autism 11 years ago.

“He’s delightful,” said Linke. “He has a good sense of humour and he’s a hard worker.”

When he was two-and-a-half, Kurt barely spoke to anyone, and essentially stopped talking at all within a year.

While April hired a speech pathologist for Kurt, it took years of meetings with doctors before he was officially diagnosed with autism. By that time, Kurt was 10, and the amount of funding available was significantly reduced.

MORE: Despite some funding, a diagnosis of autism is a huge financial burden.

After struggling to get Kurt into affordable programs, Linke discovered Studio Seventy Three, and Kurt is now thriving.

The program is completely funded by the Community Living Society and is…

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