Where's a good place to find four autistic people? Autreat, a conference organised by and for autistic people and their families and friends each August near Syracuse, New York, is one. Above, Abby, F12, Judy and Jane pose for the camera.
Another good place to find autistic people is at a train museum. There are very few of us who do not have an interest in something to do with trains. Here, Jane J, F12 and Lindsay are looking forward to spending several hours at the Illinois Train Museum, the largest in the US and perhaps the world.
While older sister Abby and Aunt Judy are having fun at Autreat, non-autistic Rebecca is becoming a very competent gymnast.
We've met Matthew Argall on a previous page. Lindsay first encountered him at his "autistic kindergarten", Irabina Early Intervention Program, now Irabina Autism Services. Even in his first year of primary school, Matthew could do in five minutes what it took the rest of the class half an hour to accomplish. He was chronically bored and already dimly perceiving the outlines of the questions that autistic and gifted children start to grapple with anytime from around the age of eight: why am I different, how will I cope with it and what will my life be like? At the time he took this picture, Matthew's interests were in bridges and currency. In the picture, he displays his designs of banknotes, many of which incorporate pictures of bridges.
Left: Simon thinks it's only natural to wear a jumper as pants. Right: He's developed a clever way of coping with a camera's flash. Simon's current ambition is to be a ballet dancer.
Elgin at age 18 standing behind her 10yo brother, Malte.
This picture's too good to either omit or reduce in size. Elgin is at the right, her son Joseph on the left with Simon and Carl in the middle. A beautiful day for auties to take to the water in October, 2005.
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