Stories of Autism is an organization that matches individuals on the autism spectrum with professional photographers to create portraits that give us a better understanding and insight into life with autism. From their website: Stories of Autism is dedicated to heightening autism awareness through the exhibition of its portraits and stories of children and adults on the autism spectrum. The project strives to achieve this through independent exhibitions of its work and by partnering with other organizations whose goals align with this mission.
I’ve written extensively on the blog in the past on my reasons for volunteering for the Stories of Autism organization. Check out the following links for some of those posts:
But the reason that I continue to volunteer is pretty simple: there are still more stories to tell.
“If you’ve met one individual with autism, you’ve met one individual with autism.”
-Stephen M. Shore
When we glimpse into another person’s life and attempt to understand their background, their struggles, and their hopes – we are more likely to be empathetic to the next person we encounter.
This year I’ll be photographing a limited number of participants on the Autism Spectrum in Southeastern Wisconsin. Participants will be asked to fill out a registration form and model release, giving permission to use the child’s image, first name, and story. The photography sessions will take place in their home in January and February, and the gallery will be released in April for Autism awareness month. The photo session is complimentary, and the family will receive two 8×10 prints and the two digital files of those images that they can reprint for their families and friends.
The Stories of Autism organization has asked that the photographers look for stories that show the diversity of subjects that autism affects. I hope to photograph some folks from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds that are missing representation in the gallery, and to showcase more adults as well.
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