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Art is communication for Western Tech special education student
Art is communication for Western Tech special education student

Paul Sebsibe is doing what he does best. He's drawing a picture of what he sees around him across a sheet of paper. For the 11th-grader at the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, verbal communication is a challenge. His parents, Sebsibe Gebremariam and Bezunesh Tadesse, were born in Ethiopia and have limited command of English. Sebsibe, 19, who has lived in Catonsville his entire life with his parents, has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a term that includes a range of disorders on the autism spectrum such as Asperger's and Rett syndrome. The developmental disability affects 1 in 42 boys, according to Autismspeaks.org. "I think whatever is...

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