We're pleased to have received an invitation to participate in a symposium presented by the College of Architecture and the Built Environment in collaboration with the Jefferson Center for Autisum and Neurodiversity. JJCA will be hosting an interior design class from Jefferson University that will be using the new space at Acadia-Belmont Behavioral Hospital to explore concepts they are researching to serve clients with autism.
Also joining the symposium will be Kambrel Smith, his father Lonnie and brother Kantai. Both Kambrel and Kantai are what their father refers to as "Autisarians". Rather than seeing their autisum as a disability, Lonnie sees it as providing superhuman abilities, like Kambrel's freehand large-scale building sculptures and Kantai's superior video game coding. Learn more about the Smith family and see some of Kambrel's amazing sculptures in this video.