Ohio River Valley Artists Guild is pleased to be presenting the Art Smart Talks again. It returns this Sunday with Art, Autism, and Disabilities starting at 2 p.m. It continues to support our current exhibit in the Cox Gallery.

Speakers include Terri and Dr. Raghu Srinivasan, Dr. Amy Powers Johnson and Holly Huber. Come and hear these individuals talk and see artwork created by individuals with an impairment. The talk will be held at the Cox Gallery located on the second floor of the Cox Building, 2 East Third St., Maysville.

The Srinivasans need no introduction to our community. Dr. Raghu continues to practice cardiology in Maysville. He and his family are active in many organizations and activities in Maysville. Come and hear their personal journey with autism and their search for a cure. Please watch their YouTube video: In Pursuit Of A Cure For Autism.

A 1994 graduate of St. Patrick’s, Dr. Amy Powers Johnson is an occupational therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She has over 17 years of experience and graduated from Rocky Mountain University in 2012 with her doctorate of occupational therapy. Amy’s career has been focused on working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. She has worked in the Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism for the past 10 years and has participated in numerous evidence-based practice projects including writing a Clinical Practice Guideline related to the treatment of individuals on the autism spectrum. Amy is currently the education specialist for the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy and plays a key role in both staff and student education.

Also from Maysville, Holly Huber is a nationally certified speech language pathologist working full time for the Lewis County School District. She also owns her own business Speech Soup Publications, Therapy and Teaching Products With An Edge. Her website is www.speechsoup.com.

Autism affects many and is often left undiagnosed. It is a variable developmental disorder that appears by age three and is characterized by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by repetitive behavior patterns.

ORVAG will be sponsoring a silent auction Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds from the auction will go to the nonprofits participating in this event.

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit that coincides with this talk is on display until Thursday, April 5, at the ORVAG Art Gallery, located on the second floor of the Cox Building. The gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon until 4 pm. Please enter through the ORVAG gift shop located on the first floor. If you are unable to come when the gallery is open, please contact Dee Werline, 513-314-1175, to make other arrangements.