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    Posted March 28, 2009 by
    Roseburg, Oregon
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Autism awareness

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    Kim Miller Autistic Artist


    Kim Miller is an artist who happens to have autism. She is unlike many other autistic individuals for the fact that she was born with the disability. As an infant, the effects of the disorder plagued her daily life. At the age of 3 when she was finally diagnosed, she presented 35 of 50 symptoms of classic autism. She did not have a communication system until she learned to use sign language and with several other failed and successful systems, she learned how to eventually speak but could not functionally communicate.


    At the age of 3 1/2 years old, Kim began to draw. It changed the course of her life. Not only could she draw three dimensionally in kindergarten, but also show a window into her rich and expressive world.


    She has illustrated a book that has been published titled: "The Girl Who Spoke With Pictures", written by her mother, Eileen Miller. It was released in September 2008 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Kim is now 20 years old. Not only is she challenged with autism but a very gifted individual that is prolific with different mediums. She still uses her artwork as a means to communicate her emotions.

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