Acadia's new Rett syndrome effort features Emily Shifflet's art 'Confetti,' shown in grayscale, being colored in with photos from the community (Credit:

Aca­dia draws at­ten­tion to Rett syn­drome with pa­tient artist’s work and a por­trait mo­sa­ic

Aca­dia Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals is cre­at­ing a crowd­sourced mo­sa­ic of Rett syn­drome pho­tographs — in­side the dig­i­tal art­work of a young woman who is liv­ing with the con­di­tion. The “Rett Re­vealed” cam­paign show­cas­es Emi­ly Shif­flet, a 27-year-old artist in Penn­syl­va­nia, and her “Con­fet­ti” paint­ing that she cre­at­ed us­ing eye move­ments and spe­cial­ty dig­i­tal soft­ware.

For the rest of Oc­to­ber, peo­ple in the Rett com­mu­ni­ty can sub­mit their own im­ages to help “col­or in” the grayscale art­work and fur­ther bring Shif­flet’s work to life with pho­tos. In ear­ly No­vem­ber — af­ter the end of Oc­to­ber’s Rett syn­drome aware­ness month — Aca­dia is plan­ning a fi­nal re­veal of the im­ages and paint­ing mo­sa­ic.

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