DELWIN Cheah Wien Loong is unlike most ordinary teenage boys you will encounter.
With just one glance, you will immediately identify with the passionate teenager who does not just have a flair for art, but an intense passion for animals, too.
The 13-year-old’s journey of discovering his innate love for drawing started at the tender age of three.
Delwin’s drawings then featured safari animals at large, which were mostly adapted from the various storybooks available on his bookshelves at home.
However, he is able to draw on paper with just a pen or pencil without needing to use erasers.
Despite managing with Asperger’s Syndrome, Delwin is using his talent to make a name for himself as a savant artist.
As such, the young lad has already been recognised by VIPs such as Queen Elizabeth II, US President Barack Obama, actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh and the prime minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day 2016, Delwin was recognised by SEGi University and Colleges in becoming an advocate for Autism Awareness Day recently.
The campaign themed “I’m Possible!” was held to honour autistic children in Malaysia and to highlight the need to respect those with similar disorders in society.
A number of Delwin’s artworks were also exhibited within the campus foyer, called “The Mini Museum of Delwin Cheah”.
Despite the fame, the teenager’s mother, Erina Law Mei Sun, 41, said Delwin’s success did not come overnight.
“Special needs children require a lot more coaching and guidance.”
“I got really worried and sensed that something was amiss with Delwin when he did not know how to utter a word at four years old, so I took him to the doctors for a medical assessment and they diagnosed my son with having Asperger’s Syndrome,” said Law.
She urged parents, parents-to-be and the public to help autistic children by supporting their dreams.
“Don’t give up on children who have autism. If they have a passion to accomplish something, they will go all out to do it wholeheartedly. Help them chase their dreams,” said Law.
The ambitious Delwin strives to be an animal scientist and doctor when he grows up.