Who we are & why we are

Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a woman in her thirties 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 has had a passion for capturing images since childhood, when her father bought her a Kodak 110 on vacation. She’s 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, a publication for those with ASD and those who love them.

About this photo: “​​​A thunderstorm was slowly approaching as this shelter was being completed. A few birds flew as I composed the shot. I need a lot of shelter to avoid the storms that come into my spectrum life, often the sensory hostile type that can trigger a violent meltdown. There is a very real and present need for autism friendly housing (apartments as well as group homes) in Northeastern Illinois, Kane County, that take into account the sensory severe who may be intelligent, but unable to support themselves due to being low-functioning sensory speaking. I am one of those people who hope for a shelter from the sensory storm called life.

More from autisticaplanet at her website.


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2 responses to “Shelter From The Storms”

  1. luro97 Avatar

    Awesome photo! Thanks for sharing it.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. autisticaplanet Avatar

      Thank you 🙂


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