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Non-verbal girl with autism creates amazing art for good cause

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Candy's painting on the cover of UC Irving Magazine Candy's painting on the cover of UC Irving Magazine
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Candy is a 12-year-old girl with autism who began losing her motor skills when she was a toddler. Even though she's non-verbal, she's able to inspire the world.

Robert and his wife Sandy Waters treasure the moments with their daughter, who communicates through art.

"She brightens up, she laughs which is priceless for us," her father, Robert Waters, says. "I just think maybe she's happy and she wants to tell us she is happy and fine, you know. It's rough when I think of that."

Candy was diagnosed with autism when she was 3 years old. Robert and Sandy of Park Ridge knew something wasn't right when her verbal skills began regressing.

"She was pointing and talking but then she lost everything gradually," Waters explains.

"It's devastating because, you know, when you have child, you don't think you're going to have a child with a disability," Candy's mother adds.

One day a teacher requested that Candy, who was 6 years old, paint a picture for a fundraiser for an autism school. Her parents were surprised to watch her find her motor skills by picking up a paint brush.

"That first painting that she did for the fundraiser for the autism school sold for 100 bucks , so we were like ‘wow,'" her father recalls.

Many are reacting the same way. The University of California Irvine is featuring Candy's latest piece titled "Mr. Sun" on its magazine cover. The issue is focused on autism. Other prints of Candy's bright colored paintings of the sun have sold at charity auctions for up to $800.

Robert and Sandy sang "Mr. Sun" to Candy since she was a baby. Perhaps it was the song that inspired this budding artist to paint just that.

And just as Candy's art has given her parents hope, Robert and Sandy want all parents of autistic children to be inspired in the same way.

"When words fail, music and art speak and art a must for autism," Sandy says.

The Waters want to encourage parents who have children with autism to try everything with them, including art and music. They also say with some patience, you might find out how talented they are.

Candy's parents also say they have one big dream: to have Candy's art featured at the Art Institute in Chicago.

To learn more about Candy's art, visit her Facebook page.

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