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Published on May 29, 2014
Tim and Judy Sharp's story is one of great love and inspiration.
Tim Sharp was diagnosed with Autism at age three, his mother was told that she should "put him away and forget about him". Ignoring this advice, Judy Sharp, a single mother of two young sons, tried everything she could think of to communicate with Tim, including drawing. Tim is now an internationally acclaimed 25 year-old Australian artist and his artistic creation, the quirky super hero Laser Beak Man is world famous.
Tim's creativity has seen him become the first person in the world with Autism to have his art turned into an animated television series screening on the ABC and internationally. In 2012, a film about Tim was shown in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. His art is sold to collectors from around the world and in 2012, Tim's collaboration with a young rock band from Nashville Tennessee inspired a music festival raising awareness of Autism. Judy is currently working on a book about her life with Tim.
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