Artist Diana Trevino-Wilson uses her creativity to create a special character named Fabil that reaches through the wall of autism to teach basic skills.
LatinaLista — “If Walt Disney could start his empire with a cartoon mouse, anything is possible,” says Diana Trevino-Wilson, artist and entrepreneur.
Artistic since the age of five, Diana has always had the gift of creating one-of-a-kind designs. Originally using her creativity to create items like beaded cloth headbands, decorative dÃ©cor objects, paintings and even writing poetry, Diana found a greater calling for her artistic talent when her daughter was diagnosed with autism.
“My daughter “cooed” and looked me straight in the eyes when she was just months old,” Diana remembered. “She was very normal until around the age of 2, then it seemed she could not hear, because she would not respond to my voice, her name, or situations going on around her. She was tested and followed by her doctor, and finally diagnosed around the age of 5.”
In 2005, Diana began home schooling her daughter because the local elementary school didn’t have an adequate classroom to meet her daughter’s specific needs.
Equipped only with a GED, Diana read as much as possible about the affliction and connected with other parents of children with autism. She started gathering material and curriculum with which to teach her daughter.
“I could not find many of the items that I needed to help her learn, starting with the most basic of information. I remembered a cartoon character that I had created in 1991,” Diana said. “I began to draw posters for her room, using this cartoon character, to teach her: “today, tomorrow and yesterday” as well as “morning, noon and night” concepts. I started making coloring pages and flash cards to use as well. Now I design part of her curriculum. Drawing is a part of me, but now I do it for a different reason.”
The cartoon character that Diana resurrected from her art pile that she thought could reach through to her daughter was a bird, but not just any bird. It was a bird with definite attitude and a very human personality. Such a unique bird needed a unique name.