April Cundy was born on March 27, 1994 to Randy and Linda Cundy. She was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome at the age of 12. As a result of the syndrome, April is not able to speak and is behind in all areas of development, but brings joy to all who meet her.
She attended Children’s Care Hospital and School (now LifeScape) in Sioux Falls, SD, from age 5 to 18. At LifeScape, April’s teachers, therapists, and nurses have developed a program to help April be more in control of her behaviors. One of her teachers, Annie O’Fallon Norton, recognized her love for acrylic painting and since then, April has created many paintings on canvas or wood and has given them as gifts to family and friends. We are looking to her future as an adult and how she can support herself doing something she enjoys and selling her art at shows.
April uses the money she earns from the sale of her artwork to take those she loves to the movies, go shopping for treats and clothes, and to purchase art supplies for continued painting.
April left LifeScape for a period of time but has returned and she will live and attend school at the children’s facility until she transitions to LifeScape’s adult facility in Sioux Falls at the age of 21. April continues to create beautiful art every week with staff and her art teacher in Sioux Falls. LifeScape is working with us to help April get her art out in the community.
Thanks for checking April’s artwork out!!