Exploring the multiple faces of autism
Children and young people with autism live among us. We should not ignore them when we are passing by. Who can know them better than a teenager with autism?
Faces of Autism presents portraits of children, young people and adults with autism, but also aims to explore the many faces of autism, from nonverbal people to independent people, with an 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, allowing David to open up more and more.
Now David speaks, reads, attends a regular school and is passionate about geography, travel and photography. The camera is his 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 and understanding 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 socially assisted person.
Each portrait published here is a reason for society to support any individual in developing skills that allow him (or her) the relationship and integration necessary for 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 talented 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 than others. In fact 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!