Unshattered Glasses

This project is really dear to me, because it is a story of my son Dyandra (now 10 years old), a person with High Functioning Autism*.  

 To present this work to the public takes a lot of courage from my part, both as a photographer and a mom. Would I be ready to bare my personal struggle to strangers who might think I’m exaggerating the story of my own son? Why would anyone want to see a photo story about a boy and his mundane daily life? Some people even told me he doesn’t look like a child with special needs – enough. I don’t even know why they think that. Until I realize that I’m not alone. There are parents like me. There are children like Dyandra, or Andra as we call him. And our story is important. To know we’re not alone is important. 

The project runs from 2013-2019, when Andra was 3-9 years old. I took the photos mostly on my mobile phone, since it’s the most accessible device that I have with me all the time, compared to the bulky cameras. It’s also practical considering Andra’s photos in this project were taken during his “so hyperactive” phase, where he would move quickly and unexpectedly.

Presenting the story to you comes with high hopes to give you a glimpse of the daily lives of people with HFA. Maybe then you would understand their “uniqueness” through this project.

·       “High-Functioning Autism” is not an official medical term or diagnosis. It’s an informal one some people use when they talk about people with an autism spectrum disorder who can speak, read, write, and handle basic life skills like eating and getting dressed. They may live independently, and are a lot like anyone else – Webmd.com