LITTLE FALLS, NJ - April is National Autism Awareness Month and The Fine Grind, 101 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls, is once again showcasing the art of a young local man with autism from Cedar Grove.

Matthew has his heartfelt art up throughout the month of April. All works of art are available for sale and 100% of the profits is being donated to Matthew’s Special Olympics team, Team Limitless, where he swims the 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter backstroke.

Matthew has been exhibiting his art every April at The Fine Grind in Little Falls for Autism Awareness month since 2012. Matthew will host his art opening on Saturday, May 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Fine Grind.

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At its core, autism is a neurological challenge where children have difficulty relating and connecting to those around them. One out of 34 children in New Jersey have autism.

About Matthew: Matthew is 19 years old and has autism; it’s just another part of who he is. Matthew has many talents and one of them is drawing. Sometimes he uses drawing as a form of communication; most of the time, Matthew creates because it is his passion. Matthew has been creating art his whole life and has advanced so much as an artist, that he and his mom are currently developing an online Etsy shop where he can sell his art year-round.

About Beth and Joe, Matthew’s parents: We are the parents of the most amazing, wonderful 19-year-old boy Matthew. He has changed the way we see things, he has changed the way we think. Matthew has taught us to be braver and to see with our heart. He has shown us that everyone is different and everyone is special in their own way. The most profoundly beautiful and exquisite moments we have ever had have been those we have spent with Matthew.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the Fine Grind Coffee Bar’s website at