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30 Faces of Autism – Day 30 | Maryland Child Photographer | Autism Awareness

With 1 in 68 individuals diagnosed with autism it’s pretty certain everyone is affected by it in one way or another. Whether it’s affected you personally, your child, sibling, parent, grandchild, friend, neighbor, coworker, or beyond…chances are you know at least one person with autism. Acceptance is about more than just awareness. Being aware is easy, but being accepting requires effort.

Jessica is 16 years old and in the 10th grade. She has 2 foster sisters and 1 foster brother in Guatemala, 2 dogs and 1 cat. She was diagnosed with autism when she was 3 years old.

Jessica likes playing soccer and is a great writer. Her favorite subject in school is writing, and her least favorite is social studies. She loves cheeseburgers and filet mignon, but doesn’t like milk and broccoli. She’s really good at playing video games and communication.

Jessica’s favorite place to go is school and church. Her favorite memory was when Justin Timberlake said happy birthday to her. She doesn’t like making people uncomfortable, and is undecided on what she wants to be when she grows up.


Her greatest struggles have been social interaction and social anxiety. She has troubles staying focused and being impulsive. She often demonstrates attention-seeking behavior among her friends, who find her very entertaining.

Jessica was adopted from Guatemala as an infant and has had a hard time fitting in from the very beginning. She is very compassionate and has a strong faith in God.

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30 Faces of Autism – Day 29 | Southern Maryland Child Photographer | Autism Awareness

Children with autism are not so different than any other child. They want love. They want acceptance. They want to belong. They are wonderful and bring so much joy and laughter to everyone who takes the time to enter their world. They are smart, talented and creative…though it might not always be obvious all the time.

Jeremiah is 6 years old and in Kindergarten. He has a brother named Josiah and a sister named Ava. He doesn’t have any pets yet, but has been asking for a fish. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old.

Jeremiah likes playing at the park, blowing bubbles, and swimming. His favorite places to go are the beach and aquarium.

He’s really good at running and not so good at writing. His favorite food is fish, and like many children doesn’t like eating vegetables, especially carrots.

Jeremiah’s parents think he will grow up to do something science related. He loves books about coral reefs, ocean life, and fish. He also loves watching documentaries on ocean life.

Jeremiah is a strong energetic child. He’s has communication challenges which have at times caused behavior issues at home. All in all, he is just a child who wants to be loved and feel included just like any other child.

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30 Faces of Autism – Day 28 | Annapolis Outdoor Photographer | Autism Awareness

A challenge very real to autism families is the financial responsibilities that come with the diagnosis. Families spend an average of $20,000 to 30,000 per year for autism related costs. Often times insurance covers little to none of the therapies that are needed for the children to benefit and thrive, so parents are forced to pay out of pocket. Therapies include, but aren’t limited to ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), speech therapy, social skills therapy, occupational therapy, feeding clinics, and behavior therapy. Family income can also be impacted if one parent has to leave a full time job or take a less demanding job to manage the time demands of therapies and to care for their child when a daycare environment isn’t possible.

John is 8 years old and in the 2nd grade. He has 3 brothers…Caleb is 9, Gavin is 5 and Kellan is 5 months. He doesn’t have any pets but really likes dogs. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 22 months old.

John likes to watch movies, ride bikes, jump on the trampoline, dance, and wrestle with his dad and brothers. He likes playing with and his favorite movie is Finding Nemo. He really loved it when his family traveled to Florida.

John’s greatest struggles have been his health challenges. From strep, colon blockages, sleep apnea and most recently epilepsy. He didn’t start sleeping through the night until he was 6 years old, and his greatest accomplishment has been going all night without having an accident in his bed.

He really likes school and enjoys all subjects, but likes are the most. He’s not so good at vacuuming, and enjoys breaking his brothers Lego projects. His favorite foods are meat, and he doesn’t prefer vegetables.

John is the most interesting child his parents have ever met, and also the most fun. His mom thinks he would make a great marine biologist when he grows up because he loves sea creatures, especially sharks.

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30 Faces of Autism – Day 27 | Dunkirk Family Photography | Autism Awareness

Only about 20% of those on the autism spectrum are girls, though it is speculated that there are many more girls on the spectrum than are diagnosed. Girls present a unique set of challenges, which can make diagnosing them more difficult. They typically have a faster rate of learning social skills than boys, but may still need to be directly taught certain skills. Girls are more likely to want to fit in and mimic others in social situations that they often are able to mask their social challenges. Because girls present autism so differently than boys, often times parents, teachers and even pediatricians will pass off the symptoms as being ‘fine’.

Maddie is 9 years old and in the 3rd grade. She has cat named Covey, a 4-year-old brother, Zack, and two older siblings, Katie and Matt. She also had a little sister, Avery, who was Zack’s twin sister but she passed away. Maddie was diagnosed with autism when she was 3 years old.

Maddie loves shopkins. She’s good at math and making her mommy laugh. She likes to play at the park, play with her friends, ride her scooter, go to Great Wolf Lodge and wants to go to Disney World some day.

Her greatest strength is her ability to make people laugh. Maddie has realized laughter makes people happy, and she loves to be funny. Riding her bike was a huge accomplishment, she taught herself to ride without training wheels.

When Maddie grows up she wants to be a doctor. Her parents think that she would actually be a great lawyer. Her favorite memory was going to Great Wolf Lodge with her mom, dad and Zach for her 6th birthday, which was a surprise.

Her parents’ biggest challenge has been getting Maddie placed in a classroom that best fit her needs. It ultimately ended with an attorney and getting the Senator involved. They never realized how hard they would have to fight to get appropriate services through the school system.

Maddie is so much more than her diagnosis. She is fun, hilarious, and loving. She is definitely set in her ways, but is so sweet and tries so hard. She operates on her own timeline, there’s no rushing her. She is a joy that her parents cannot imagine living without.

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Danny DouglasApril 27, 2016 - 7:15 am

Love this story. This little girl has taught me so much. She is the sweetest. ❤️❤️❤️

30 Faces of Autism – Day 26 | Dunkirk Children Photography | Autism Awareness

Autism is not always the biggest challenge. The biggest challenge is how people react to autism. In order to change lives, the perspective of people all around need to change. When you see a child having a meltdown in the grocery please don’t stare or give a dirty look. Instead offer a reassuring smile and maybe even ask if she needs help with anything. Try to keep in mind that the child is not giving his parent a hard time…he is having a hard time.

Kellen is 9 years old and is in the 3rd grade. He doesn’t have any siblings but has a cat named Oscar. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old.

Kellen likes to play lacrosse and basketball. He loves to swim and when he grows up he wants to be a surfer.

He loves to skateboard and swing, but doesn’t like going to the doctor or birthday parties. His favorite place to go is the beach.

Kellen has great balance and is very physical. He is non-verbal and also struggles with fine motor activities. He’s not so good at standing in line, or eating anything green. His favorite food is pizza.

Kellen is the sweetest kid with the biggest heart. People that do make the effort to get to know him think the world of him.

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