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Story of artist Stephen Wiltshire 'offers much hope and joy'

But more can be done for adults here with special needs: Mayor Denise Phua

Published on Jul 19, 2014 8:07 AM

British artist Stephen Wiltshire's life and work have touched many around the world, said mayor of Central Singapore District Denise Phua last night. "For me, like other parents of special needs children, Stephen's story offers much hope and joy. And even for other people with special needs, Stephen's story is one of encouragement and inspiration," said Ms Phua, the guest-of-honour at an appreciation dinner for him at Marina Bay Sands.

Mr Wiltshire, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, is acclaimed for his ability to draw detailed cityscapes from memory. He is in town this week to draw the Singapore skyline.

Ms Phua, who is president of the Autism Resource Centre, said the country has progressed in supporting people with special needs, but "there is still much to be done especially in the areas of support for those who are adults". She said there were needs in tertiary education, employment and support for those who need more intensive support.

Crowds have been gathering daily at the main atrium of the Paragon on Orchard Road to watch Mr Wiltshire's progress as he creates a panorama of the Singapore skyline on a 4m by 1m canvas.

Mr Stephen Wiltshire is into the third day of creating the Singapore skyline on a 4m by 1m canvas at Paragon Shopping mall. His drawing so far includes iconic locations such as Gardens by the Bay. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
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