A Spotlight on Autism

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My name is Grace Hughes. On February 23, 2009, my husband Chris and I received one of the most precious gifts ever – our son, Avery Charles. During his first year of life, Chris and I noticed that Avery didn’t show the same interests in activities his older brother Tristen did, and there was also a delay in certain developmental milestones.

In the Spring of 2011, Avery was diagnosed with Autism. At the time, we were unfamiliar with this term and of the impact it would have on our lives. Since his diagnosis, we knew that our family would need the help of specialists, so that Chris and I could work toward supportive parenting strategies in order to nurture our youngest son’s development. As a family, we’ve devoted four years to Autism Spectrum Disorder therapies and programs including ABA parent training with Geneva Centre, Etobicoke Children’s Center, and Holland and Bloorview. Avery’s development has improved tremendously thanks to the wonderful healthcare specialists and program facilitators who support children with Autism.

For years, our family has used photography as a means of overcoming obstacles, embracing challenges, celebrating life’s milestones, and sharing them with the world. In 2012, we launched “Picture a Cure for Cancer” – a program that offered free portraits to individuals battling cancer as well as cancer survivors. The program shone a ray of light on a disease that had taken too many before their time, and celebrated the lives of those who challenged it. This year, to celebrate the beautiful children who, like our son Avery, have autism, and their remarkable gifts which bring so much meaning to our lives, we are offering complimentary portraits to children on the spectrum. Effective immediately, we will be holding photoshoots at A Nerd’s World studio, located at 688 Richmond St. West, suite 304. The photoshoot is approximately 30 minutes and you will receive a DVD containing the images of your child at the end of the session.

Throughout our family’s journey, we have learned to openly embrace every challenge and celebrate every improvement. Not a day goes by where Chris and I are not grateful for our son Avery and as parents, we understand the sensory and social challenges that he, along with other children with autism face. If you are interested in booking a session, please contact us here and we will be happy to arrange a 100% free photoshoot for your child.
Grace Hughes