Check out a video of Wil creating
his fun paper cutouts!
About Wil C. Kerner
"The Cutout Kid"
William Clark Kerner, born 1995, was diagnosed with Classic
Autism at age two, a time when he accepted animated characters as his friends and enjoyed glancing through picture books for his favorite spiders and animals.
At nine, he discovered the feel and colors of Play Doh, began drawing facial expressions and cutting construction paper. Within months, he was verbally labeling his feelings with the names of the Seven Dwarfs. On his tenth birthday, he realized that presents had surprises inside, a pair of scissors, for one. Oddly, he wrapped his fingers and hand entirely around them mysteriously making perfect cuts, and still does.
An only child, Wil is now in public school grade 11. His learning is paced by his autism. He is a compassionate, huggable, happy guy who enjoys ATV rides, swinging and trampoline jumping, as seen below, and shopping for new packs of colored papers.
Wil enjoys creating paper characters as well as side-by-side stacks of colored papers, both representing his animated video friends that he quickly identifies by either video names or their colors when asked. To this day, he is age-typically behind but continues to enhance his inherent spirit for living and determination to make his own choices.
Since scissors and colored papers became Wil’s main self-therapy he has made incredible self-progress through the making and public recognition of his paper cutouts.
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