April 5th, 2013
This photo was taken and edited by someone deep within the world of Autism. This someone is also one of my students who I have trained and continue to train in photographing moving objects. To the eye is within the beholder and to someone within the Autism spectrum, one perceives the world at a whole different angle. Ironically enough, my student and I share the same eye direction - always pointed to the sky at planes. Even though our perceptions are different, we always meet at a common angle.
To the world, this photo could come across as if two planes were about to collide with each other. But with someone with a different perception of the world, this photo has a much more different look to it. But how will we know what that look is?
April is also known as AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH. Even though the births and diagnosis statistics are continuing to grow rapidly, there is still a majority of the our society which is unaware of these facts. A society which individuals within this spectrum feel estranged from because of this fact. Not only our society which is unaware of Autism and the statistics, but also lack the training and knowledge about Autism to know how to interact with those individuals who are - to know exactly what that look from the above photo is.
Out of every 10 families I know personally, one of them contains someone with Autism. The concerning fact is, my statistics are growing. I am grateful that I have had the training and experience in Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 10+ years in not only understanding how someone with Autism looks at the photo from above, but also to help them at understanding at how I look at the photo to help them find their way home to society where they rightfully belong. Where they feel they are estranged from.
Find out how you can become educated about Autism. Even if it's on the most elementary level. We all had to start from somewhere. Especially 10+ years ago...
Have a great weekend, everyone...