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Innocence and Wonder

Winsome Robin Redbreast wm

Photo taken by contributor 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 those, 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. Her work has been featured in the Daily Herald as well as The MAAP Newsletter (an online newsletter for those with ASD and those who love them, http://www.aspergersyndrome.org).

About this photo: “I was blessed to find this Robin acting so calm and free in my presence as I walked along the Fox River. He must be used to all the people that are down there enjoying the spring we are finally experiencing. His innocence and wonder is what inspired me to send this picture opposed to another robin I had photographers as well as some ducks earlier in the day. Autistic people can be innocent and prone to being taken advantage of. I hope this guy knows when it’s time to fly away.”

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