Here it is… the “big, exciting announcement” for those of you following my business page on facebook! Nope, no babies, no horsies, no mourning dove farms but this post marks the official commence of my involvement in the 2014 Stories of Autism project. Woo hoo! I’m getting myself organized because it’s coming and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever with the goal of teaching other how many faces autism can have. Charlie Cotugno, founder of Stories of Autism, has moved up the deadlines and therefore I’m also moving up MY deadlines. Let’s do this!
For the third year in a row, I’m excited, eager and honored to be a volunteer photographer for the Stories of Autism project. This project involves a complimentary session and 8×10 portrait for a family when they share their story of living with autism. Stop by their site and you’ll see their mission is to “increase awareness, acceptance and tolerance of individuals on the spectrum” through sharing images and stories. You’ll also see hundreds of uniquely stunning portraits accompanied by touching stories. Beautiful and very powerful stuff.
If you, or if you have a child or family member who has a diagnosis of autism and are interested in participating, please request a registration form by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will accept a limited number of participants from the Madison, WI area. Photography sessions will take place in January and early February based on availability. Images and all stories will be shared on the blog in April, Autism Awareness Month. All participants or parents of participants are asked to sign a release for sharing of photos and story, agree to a photo/order session and share the blog links in April for Autism Awareness month. This project, whether you write a story or just follow the blog in April by reading the stories shared will surely touch you and change your life- for the better!
Please enjoy a highlight video of last year’s participants. I can’t wait to do it all over again!
“This project gave people a beautiful window into my child’s spirit and personality. The photography skillfully captured the beauty in difference.” – Sarah, Aaron’s mom