I never do this, but I am just so excited about this project that I have to share what I have been up to lately! Well, between clients and being behind on my 52 week challenge, that is.
April is Autism Awareness month, and in honor of that, I have been working on a photography project to bring a little insight into the local Autism community. I have photographed a handful of children that have an Autism Spectrum Disorder and am giving a little information about them. Current statistics state that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with ASD, so chances are, whether you are aware of it or not, you have met or know a child with ASD.
Part of this project is to break the stereotype and bring more acceptance to people with all levels of abilities. I have yet to meet a "Rainman" or a "Sheldon", after all, but I have met many spectacularly wonderful kids. I hope you all help spread awareness and stop the negatives, like bullying, discrimination, and the like and encourage acceptance and love.
Some of these kids work longer weeks than most adults, between school, therapies, interventions, and one on one with parents. They are doing all these things to have the best chance at a successful adulthood and overcome the obstacles that currently stand in their way. They are incredibly hard workers and are trying to reach a goal they might not even understand yet.
Please keep an eye out on my Facebook page (you can find that here) and the blog for the stories of these awesome kids that I will be posting about regularly throughout the month of April.
Remember: April 2 is World Autism Awareness day!