2009 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 3rd prize

Gen Yamaguchi

for St. Petersburg Times

10 October, 2008

Nikki McDonald (9) sits quietly on a swing in the backyard of the family home. She is at the severe end of the autistic spectrum. Janet McDonald is raising nine-year-old triplets on her own, following the death of her husband four years ago. Two of the children are autistic. Autism is one of a group of disorders associated with difficulties in communication and social interaction. The causes are not fully understood.

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Gen Yamaguchi

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