In commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day (Apr. 2) this year, the Downtown Line has decked out one train and four interchange stations — Bugis, Newton, Serangoon, and Tampines — with works by artists from autism-focused school, Pathlight School.
According to Channel NewsAsia, it’s a collaboration between the Autism Resource Centre, the Land Transport Authority, and SBS Transit.
The month-long initiative, up till May 9, seeks to raise awareness of autism and celebrate the talents of those with autism by featuring their artistic creations, which “reflect their inner thoughts, fine attention to details and passion for topics close to their hearts”, said Denise Phua, the president of the Autism Resource Centre and school supervisor of Pathlight School Board.
CNA noted that there are about 30,000 people with autism spectrum disorders in Singapore, and many struggle to receive support, or face challenges with having their condition recognized.
Coupled with the artworks, the one train and four stations also dispel common misunderstandings and highlight facts about autism to help passers-by gain a better understanding. So the next time you take the Downtown Line, look up from your phone to see the works and the stories of the artists behind them.