Ruby Ryan, a bright and talented 10-year-old, was presented with a framed drawing that celebrates her unique autistic superpowers.
The presentation took place at YMCA Culture Fusion in Bradford surrounded by family and friends who came together to honour her artistic abilities.
The comic strip style drawing was produced by Ruby and visualises the concept of wearing a mask to disguise her autism and how hard it is to keep it on all the time, designed to help people understand what it feels like for children living with autism.
The drawing was shared on Twitter and seen by a family relation and member of staff at Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership who framed it as a gift for Ruby.
Nikki Ryan, Ruby’s mum, said: “Ruby is really creative and has used her talent and strengths to help people understand Autism and to help others feel less alone.”
Ben Ryan, Ruby’s dad, added: “We’re lost for words and are immensely proud of Ruby.”
Nagina Javaid, director for the children, young people and families programme at Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, said: “It is vital that we embrace and celebrate the unique qualities that individuals with autism bring to our communities. Ruby’s drawing showcases her artistic talents, demonstrating that despite the challenges autism brings it is not a limitation but rather a source of empowerment.”
The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council that highlights a wide range of support available for families with children with special educational needs and disabilities.