Exploring the multiple faces of autism
Children and young people with autism live among us and we should not ignore them when we are pasing by. Who can know them better then a teenager with autism?
Faces of Autism presents portraits of children, young people or adults with autism, but also aims to explore the many faces of autism, from nonverbal people to independent people, with almost normal existence.
When David was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. David did not speak until he was 5 years old, had no eye contact and did not interact with those around him. The years that followed meant hours of daily therapy, when David opened up more and more.
Now David speaks, reads, attends a regular school and is passionate about geography, travel and photography. The camera is its window to the world. (The images he captures are spontaneous and David publishes them on his blog https://david.stescu.ro and on social networks, sharing his passions with his friends.)
Photos and stories
The photos from this project will be published online on social media networks but also on this website, along with the story of each child. The photos will be taken exclusively by David, and the stories will be written by David’s father, Mihai.
Through his personal example, David wants to help change society’s awareness of autism.
A recovered child, armed for life with a strong passion, becomes an active member of society, detaching himself from the stigma of a social assisted person.
Each portrait published here is a reason for society to support any individual in developing skills that allow him the relationship and integration necessary in everyday life.
You can involve these people in productive and artistic activities, which can support them and enrich our vision of life. Some of them take photographs, others draw, some are special speakers, sing or simply pose naturally in front of a camera.
No matter how small, companies or corporations, advertising and marketing agencies, they can all build real projects around them to prove that they are not less to others and that more, sometimes they are better than those who fit in the pattern of social normalcy.
If you want to get involved, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk!