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Soapfest: Art for Autism

See smaller Fed up with the paintbrush, Sonny Hogle, 3, drives his toy car over the painting he worked on with Justine Cotsonas from the show 'As the World Turns.' Sonny has been diagnosed with autism, which makes him nonverbal, but functional in many of the same ways as his peers.

Photo by AARON HALE, Special to the Eagle

Fed up with the paintbrush, Sonny Hogle, 3, drives his toy car over the painting he worked on with Justine Cotsonas from the show "As the World Turns." Sonny has been diagnosed with autism, which makes him nonverbal, but functional in many of the same ways as his peers.

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  • 'As the World Turns' star Ewa da Cruz paints with Fida Itayem at the Marco Island Center for the Arts Saturday. Da Cruz and other daytime television soap stars turn out to paint with people with special needs for a program called Art for Autism.
  • Daytime Emmy nominated actor Van Hansis paints with 7-year old Morgan Broxson as Morgan's sister, McKenna, 3, looks on. Hansis was in Marco for the Southwest Florida Soapfest charity weekend.
  • Fed up with the paintbrush, Sonny Hogle, 3, drives his toy car over the painting he worked on with Justine Cotsonas from the show 'As the World Turns.' Sonny has been diagnosed with autism, which makes him nonverbal, but functional in many of the same ways as his peers.
  • Meredith Hagner, who plays Liberty Ciccone on 'As the World Turns,' paints with Billy Pagoni, 16.

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