Broken Window of Opportunity

Photo taken by autisticaplanet, a 33-year-old woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help others, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within the complexities” of autism spectrum disorders. She’s had a passion for capturing images since childhood, when her father bought her a Kodak 110 on vacation. She has been told that she sees and captures what others overlook or miss.

About this photo: “The “Broken Window of Opportunity” was taken on my way to therapy in September 2011, in De Kalb, Illinois. With autism, the “window of opportunity” regarding optimal early intervention is age 6. On many autism sites, the emphasis is on children. A visual of a male child of about 4 is shown. I wanted to show that adults with autism count, especially those who missed out on modern day treatments/therapies. The window may be closed, even broken, but we can still learn and grow.” 


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  1. Autisticaplanet, this image is beautiful. I too love things that most overlook as ugly or useless. But what touched me most was your story. My grandson, now age 9 has Pragmatic Language Disorder – It is on the spectrum and it took them years to properly diagnose him.
    He too is very special and holds a special corner of my heart very tightly (he also gives the best kola bear hugs in the world). Doctors and society wouldn’t listen to my daughter when she tried to explain what he was going through (he also has sensory issues) – they just wanted to label him ADD or a bad kid.
    My daughter didn’t give in and he now receives the therapy he needs to help. She also home schools him so, he doesn’t have to be categorized by uncaring teachers.
    Thank you for sharing your art and your story!


  2. The photo is so moving. It somehow gives me a glimpse of the heart of the person who made it. The pains, the joys, the hope, the success and failures, the courage to go on despite of. I hope and pray she will have the best of health and life of happiness.


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