Giuliano playing the trumpet in his room at his parents' home. He spends most of his week in a residential center for persons with disabilities and comes back home for the weekend.

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Autism Stories

Florin Popa | Belgium

Although autism has received increasing attention lately, most people still know little about what it is and what it means to live with autism. Stereotypes and false information concerning autism still abound. The lives of those living with autism and their families remain largely invisible. Support services are scarce and, in many cases, financially prohibitive.

This is why I started a documentary photo project called Autism Stories. I want to honor those who struggle with the small or big challenges of being neurodivergent in a neurotypical world. My intention is to show the invisible struggles and joys of living with autism, and to explore the relationships between the persons with autism, those supporting them, and society at large.

What does living with autism mean in terms of daily tasks, parenting, autonomy, relationships, or work? What are the coping mechanisms that persons with autism develop? What sort of interaction develops between people with autism and their non-autistic peers? How do families of persons with autism organize their life, build support systems for their children, and manage psychologically?

All participants have agreed to having their photos taken and used as part of the Autism Stories project. Parents have given consent for their children.



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