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UNF THRIVE students’ art displayed during Autism Acceptance Month at MOSH

Two THRIVE students and Dr. Rowe at MOSHTo celebrate Autism Acceptance Month, artwork created by students in the UNF THRIVE program is on display through May 20 as part of the Arts Infusion ImagiNclusion exhibit in the main lobby of the Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville.

The exhibit features photography, paintings, drawings, graphic designs and other mixed media pieces reflecting the concepts of inclusion, acceptance and diversity from UNF THRIVE students Yisra Hinds and Kenny Eckstein-Schoemann, as well as pieces from the Florida School for Special Education students.

The art expresses the student’s personal feelings on inclusion and includes deeply moving images, such as a pencil drawing of Eckstein-Schoemann’s own near-death experience.

THRIVE student presenting their art for a small crowd at MOSHThe Transition to Healthiness, Resourcefulness, Independence, Vocation, and Education (THRIVE) program provides supplemental resources for degree-seeking students with ASD and focuses on four primary areas of need: social, independent living, career development and executive functioning skills. THRIVE is one of the first support programs in the country to specifically support matriculating students with ASD. Ten years later since its creation in 2012, the program continues to provide effective, research-based programmatic supports at no additional cost to students.

Learn more about the UNF THRIVE program at