For International Day of People with a Disability on 4 December 2020 we recognised our very dear friends Tim and Judy Sharp. Their ongoing support, positivity and love inspires all of us to do more and be the best that we can.
Late last year we nominated Tim for the Arts category at the prestigious Aspire Awards and are so proud to see him acknowledged as a semi finalist for his contribution to the arts. Tim what a star you are! Tim’s creativity and brilliance with his iconic Laser Beak Man brings colour, joy and laughter to all of our lives. He’s a constant inspiration.
Tim Sharp created Laser Beak Man when he was just 11 years old and is the first person in the world with autism to have his art made into an animated TV series.
Diagnosed with autism at three years of age, Tim and his family overcame enormous difficulties to help him learn to speak. Drawing played a huge role.
In March this year we caught up with Tim and Judy Sharp for World Autism Month. We celebrated with all things Superheroes, so Tim and Judy spoke to us about how you can be a superhero during these scary and challenging times.
Our CEO, Deb Goldfinch, had a lovely time catching up with these dear friends of Irabina.
Each year IDPwD is celebrated around the world. Aiming to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability, it is also a day to celebrate their achievements and contributions.
This year’s theme is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”. We felt this was especially appropriate given how important art has been to all of us during the many lock-downs and restrictions experienced this year. Tim’s “Keep Calm and Carry On” t-shirt is a positive reminder that we can continue forward into a brighter future.