Student Thasraveen Chandra Segaran, 21, was in excessive spirits after the Autism Rules Fashion trend present, held at a shopping center in conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day in Kuala Lumpur not too long ago.
The younger lad, recognized with Asperger’s syndrome and consideration hyperactivity deficit dysfunction, had each motive to smile.
Thasraveen, who is additionally a prolific artist, collaborated with homegrown trend model Jayk Fashion for the occasion – three of his artwork items have been integrated into material that was featured within the present.
This isn’t the primary time Jayk Fashion has used the younger man’s artwork of their trend items: his work was additionally showcased throughout the Borneo Fashion Week And Exhibition (2018), Autism Rules Fashion Show (2019) and Kota Kinabalu Fashion Week (2019).
“It feels great knowing my work has made it to a fashion show. I’m so happy and I’ll continue to work harder to come up with more creative designs,” stated Thasraveen after the style present, which additionally featured paintings by seven people with autism.
Thasraveen was recognized with Asperger’s syndrome a decade in the past, and he’s chalked many spectacular milestones since. Not solely does he paint, he is additionally a part-time mannequin and budding actor.
And, he’s additionally pursuing a diploma in logistics administration at a personal school in Kuala Lumpur.
Among some autism help teams, Thasraveen is seemed as much as as a position mannequin for kids on the spectrum.
“I feel inspired, and I’m happy with my achievements. People seem to enjoy my artwork, and that makes me happy.
“Even though I’m autistic, I’ve managed to do so many things. I’m very grateful that my parents have been very supportive. And I’m always happy when people purchase my paintings,” stated Thasraveen, who signed up for modelling lessons in 2019 and grew to become a part-time mannequin the next yr.
The recognition means a lot to the good-looking younger man, who is of Indian and Bidayuh parentage. It additionally means the world to his household and it is paving the way in which for the gifted youth to guide an unbiased life.
Thasraveen’s success isn’t one thing that occurred in a single day, although.
His dad and mom, Rani Narayasamy, 46, and Bukit Aman police officer Chandra Segaran Subramaniam, 51, have been highly effective advocates of autism. They have stood by their second little one by way of thick and skinny.
“Raising Thasraveen has been a journey filled with many challenges. But my husband and I have never given up. On the contrary, we’ve always gone the extra mile to help him succeed in his interests.
“Parents of children with special needs should find ways to expose them to different fields, be it acting, and crafts, modelling or anything they may have an interest in.
“Don’t be embarrassed if your child has special needs. Instead, be proud of their talents. And you must be prepared to do lots of research and work hard to help them achieve incredible things,” stated Rani, a homemaker.
Thasraveen was recognized with ADHD when he was simply three years previous. In the final 18 years, Rani has been a staunch advocate for her son and labored exhausting to assist him develop his skills.
When Thasraveen was in Form Three, Rani despatched him for portray classes. As a outcome, his paintings has been displayed at ABLE Art Exhibition at Universiti Malaya (2018), Kota Kinabalu’s Fashion Week (2019), and Beautiful Malaysia Art Exhibition at Brisbane’s Percolator Gallery (2020).
In addition, he offers free artwork classes to autistic youngsters from the B40 neighborhood round his neighbourhood throughout his free time.
The Miri-born youth has additionally appeared in a number of on-line commercials. He’s additionally had some minor appearing roles in a few native Malay TV dramas like Biar Mereka Cemburu, Kain Kapan Berbisik and Shah Alam 40K.
Last yr, Thasraveen added one other feather in his cap by clinching the Inspiring Model award at Double Event Management’s I AM Model Search competitors.
“The secret of being a model isn’t about having good looks, height or the perfect body size. People with special needs want the modelling industry to see the beauty within us.
“And we want them to create awareness and accept us for who we are,” stated the previous scholar from Kuala Lumpur’s Methodist Boys’ School.
Rani thinks it is important for folks of kids with particular must establish their youngsters’s pursuits and work in direction of harnessing their expertise.
“Instead of pushing our special children to try things that are outside their comfort zone, my advice is to let them develop at their own pace. What’s more important is being patient and supportive of their own individual talents,” she concludes.