The Stories of Autism project is a network of professional photographers creating fine art portraits. Their mission is to increase awareness, acceptance and inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorders through fine art portraits and stories.
As I mentioned in my last post, I was honored to be chosen as one of their photographers this year, and loved meeting some special autism super heroes. Today I am sharing the story of my second subject, the amazing Jeremy.
This handsome teenager was very busy during our session - he shared all of his treasured lego creations with me (that he built himself!) and sang me a few songs as well. Here's his story, as written by his mom:
My name is Jeremy I am a 15-year-old boy with Autism. I have a loving family that consists of my mom, dad, brother and sister. When I was little I didn't speak or make eye contact. This was a challenge for me, because it was hard for people to know what I needed.
My parents and grandparents are my biggest supporters. I have learned to overcome my challenges by trying hard and doing things out of my comfort zone. Sometimes it gives me anxiety when I go to new surroundings. This is my first year of high school, I attend Mercer Special Services High School. I enjoy music, building Legos, and art. When I get older I want to get a job in the community.
Check out some of Jeremy's masterpieces:
I'm pretty sure it would take me days to build some of these complicated vehicles.
Here's a smile that could launch a thousand ships:
I loved meeting Jeremy and his family. I was charmed from start to finish. This is the photo I chose to submit for the project - I love the look of pride on Jeremy's face as he displays his perfectly built lego helicopter.
April is Autism Awareness month. If you know an autism superhero that might like to be featured in next year's project, please drop me a line. I love working with special kids and their special families. Stay tuned for more from this year's Stories of Autism project. One more amazing autism super hero coming up!