Beautifully Different: Autism: viewing the world through a different lens (Paperback)
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Beautifully Different: Autism: viewing the world through a different lens (Paperback)

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Paperback 112 Pages / Published: 28/08/2014
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Beautifully Different is a photographic book about children with high-functioning autism who attended a programme run by Dr. Rebecca Landa at the renowned Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) in Maryland, U.S.A., which offers some of the best early intervention therapy in the world. As the number of diagnosed cases of autism increases exponentially, media coverage of the disorder grows more prevalent. However, the cases most often highlighted are those that are the most severe. The focus on these children may sound the alarm to the public, but it leaves a certain group on the sidelines. Those with high-functioning autism are rarely profiled in the media. Highly verbal, remarkably intelligent and often phenomenally gifted, they represent the `bright' side of the disorder. They can show us that an autism diagnosis need not be a dead end, but rather a diversion. This book hopes to shed light on this. MAKIKO has been collaborating with the founder and director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at KKI and Dr. Rebecca Landa, a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Landa introduces the book, which contains an interview with an autism activist who reveals his experience of growing up with the diagnosis, and stories and information from contributing parents. The photos in the book have been taken at the children's eye level, enabling readers to see from their point of view. All of the children in the book were treated in Kennedy Krieger's Center for Autism early intervention program, that was designed by Dr. Landa, and have improved their deficits remarkably over the years, making the book an inspirational read. The children mark their milestones throughout the book, giving a rarely-seen insight into the effects of autism.

Publisher: Troubador Publishing
ISBN: 9781783063895
Number of pages: 112
Dimensions: 180 x 180 mm
Edition: UK ed.


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This is a wonderful book that is both extremely personal and very informative; it touches the heart but also expands ones awareness of the great intellectual and emotional breadth and capacity of children with autism spectrum disorders. The format of pictures and biographical narrative conveys in a very strong and emotional way the wonder and the beauty of living and working with children on the spectrum. Bravo!!' -- John T Walkup
'A beautiful book! I have no other worlds to say! Just beautiful. And the photos... Unique, beautiful, lonely but always hopeful. They were exuding a vibrant and powerful sentiment. The photos in this book have the power of an artistic interpretation.' -- Goodreads
"This story is an important one, and your images and words convey it beautifully." -- Andrew Solomon * author of Far From the Tree and finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. *
'I was thoroughly entranced by the stories within these pages. The imagery. The powerful statement. I felt the emotion behind every tale and wished for move once I reached the end.' -- Reckless Indulgence

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