The saying goes, the youth is the hope of our future, and in Deleah Payne's case, that couldn't be more true.
As a 14-year-old artist, she has accomplished so much all while having autism. Specializing in graphic design, drawing and painting, she's also an author. Writing her very first book at the age of 12 titled, Our World.
"It's a book that tells how she and her sister live together with autism and she wanted to bring awareness as a middle schooler at McGary about autism," said her mother Delise Payne. "about bullying and how they have some similarities with average kids."
Deleah also created paintings for Deaconess hospital, sharing her talent all around the community.
Deleah is now taking on a new project becoming the youngest founder of a non-profit organization for autism in Evansville, called DTEAM which stands for Differently Talented Extraordinary Autistic Minds.
As a mother of two with autism, Delisa felt obligated to help provide an inclusive space for her children outside of their home.
"For families with autism to solve problems that we have on a daily basis and allow the kids to have a platform to explore their interests," said Delisa Payne. "to hand over a business like a nonprofit for my kids, it gives me some insurance like they're going to be ok. "
Seen as different to some, it's what ultimately makes her unique.
"People are aware of us, they're just not really treating us right, and I think that's a bit unfair." said Deleah Payne.
Deleah plans to continue to spread awareness in the community, one art piece at a time.
To help out with the organization or donate to DTEAM you can email email@example.com.