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Cleveland Heights man communicates with artwork

11:43 AM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
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A typical day for 28-year-old Seth Chwast involves hours upon hours of working in his art studio, a brightly lit room on the third floor of his Cleveland Heights home.

"When he paints, he's happy," says Debra Chwast, Seth's mother.

For Seth, painting allows him to communicate with the outside world, something he otherwise can't do.

"A little before [Seth] was two, we found out he was autistic," explains Debra. "He was sunny, he was happy, and he didn't talk."

Debra says she tried therapy after therapy to jump-start Seth's speaking, but nothing worked.

"When he was 12, I understood that he was not going to wake up and start speaking," she says. "Part of it was heartbreaking and part of it was liberating."

Instead on focusing on what Seth couldn't do, Debra insisted on tapping into his passions. That included many trips to haunted houses and rollercoaster parks. He also had an affinity for Nintendo games and even ballroom dancing.

 

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