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Young man with Autism finds his voice in art
Rochester, N.Y.-- Michael Fess is a man of few words. His artwork says it all. Michael has autism. He loves to draw and loves animals.
So it's only natural that much of his work focuses on animals. He has drawn the animals at the Seneca Park Zoo and done drawings for the Ronald McDonald House.
Ann Lacey said when she saw Michael's work she knew he was the one to illustrate the book she wrote on the value of therapy dogs.
Ann is the volunteer coordinator of the therapy dog program at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She wrote a book called: "Just What the 'Dogtor' Ordered: A 'tail' of Furry Physicians."
The book features stories about the work therapy dogs do helping young and older patients in the hospital. Each story is accompanied by a picture of one of the many therapy dogs.
Michael said when he draws, he takes great care to get the color of the dogs fur correct and always gives them happy faces.
He said people express amazement when they see his work. In his words they react by saying: "woah!"
The book will be used as a fundraising tool for the Friends of Strong, which helps support many programs, including the use of therapy dogs in the hospital.
No one is more proud of Michael, than his parents. He is their only child.
"He loves to share his work and express himself," Tom Fess told 13WHAM.
"It's a gift. God probably gave me that gift," Michael said.