Changing the Face of Autism in our community.
My name is Hank and I live in Napanee. I am 7 years old and in Grade 2.
I live with autism, but autism is not who I am. I am playful, energetic, silly as well as empathetic.
Some of my favourite things are: to watch videos of movie credits while I dance, building different train-tracks to add to my collection, and use the slide at the park.
I have a pet named Jimmy, he’s a tabby cat. I enjoy playing with Jimmy, but I don’t like him to touch me or meow loudly. Jimmy knows when I prefer not to play because I stim and he sits close to me without touching me. I like when he does that.
I would want my friends to know I enjoy being around them and like being given the opportunity to join in when I can. Sometimes it may seem like I’m not paying attention to you but I promise I am listening. I enjoy being included in games like: chase, tickle and catch.
One thing I would like people to know about me is, I stim to quiet the many overwhelming noises and thoughts in my head. This makes me feel better and allows me to concentrate on tasks that I need to do. It can sound like high-pitch train whistles, or I can be found jumping or pacing.
I enjoy being back at school around my peers. It’s going to be some time before I get used to all the new changes that are happening around me. Please know, I’m very excited to be there and trying my very best.
Special mention goes to Becky Hinch Photography, for making these portraits possible. By contributing her time and talent in such an amazing way this campaign allowed us to raise awareness of ASD in a beautiful way. Thank you for making our community a better place!
If you want to see more of her great work, check out the Facebook link attached below.