2021 Photo Contest, Portraits, Singles, Nominee

In Flight

Photographer

Tatiana Nikitina

23 August, 2020

A father teaches his autistic daughter, Ksenia (10), to launch a toy plane in Moscow, Russia.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. It is known as a ‘spectrum’ disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. People on the autism spectrum may have difficulty with communication and interaction with other people, show restricted interests and repetitive behavior, and can react impulsively to environmental stimuli, which means it can be more challenging for them to function well at work, school, or in other areas of life. The concept of autism is quite new in Russia, where there is frequently a negative attitude to people who have such behavioral disorders, and people are often ashamed of being on the autism spectrum. Not many medical and non-medical professionals are familiar with autism, and it is frequently misdiagnosed. Parents of children with ASDs can experience difficulty in finding support programs.

About the photographer

Tatiana Nikitina

Tatiana Nikitina is a Russian photographer, born in Moscow. Her work explores the themes of cultural tradition, ecology, and social adaptation of people with disabilities. She...

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