When you think of Autism, the image that comes to mind should be this. Two lively, happy kids. So often we see images of solitude, depression and anxiety in relation to Autism but the moments that matter are these ones. Those smiles, that interaction and that love.
Ryan and Evan were so much fun to photograph. They were so engaged in the process and their personalities shine bright in the images. And that eye contact!!! Oh my gosh!
“10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew.
10. I am a child.
My autism is part of who I am, not all of who I am. Are you just one thing, or are you a person with thoughts, feelings, preferences, ideas, talents, and dreams? Are you fat (overweight), myopic (wear glasses) or klutzy (uncoordinated)? Those may be things that I see first when I meet you, but you’re more than just that, aren’t you?
As an adult, you have control over how you define yourself. If you want to single out one characteristic, you can make that known. As a child, I am still unfolding. Neither you nor I yet know what I may be capable of. If you think of me as just one thing, you run the danger of setting up an expectation that may be too low. And if I get a sense that you don’t think I “can do it,” my natural response will be, why try?…”