2007 - Ongoing
This ongoing long term project tells about an italian family living with Autism Spectrum Disease (ASD). Emilia and Francesco, after having tried for a child for years, they resorted successfully to artificial insemination (ICSI) and had twins: Luisa and Riccardo. Only nine months after their birth, Emilia became spontaneously pregnant with their third child, Michele.
At two and a half years, Riccardo and Luisa were diagnosed with a severe form of ASD. Unfortunately, just a year later, Michele was diagnosed with the same.
Autism is a neural development disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and deficits in verbal and nonverbal communication.
No one knows the real causes of this condition and for now, no cures exist. There are several treatments to autism spectrum disorders, such as drug therapy, speech therapy, psycho-motor therapy, psycho-educational therapy, pet therapy, and facilitated communication, but often families are left on their own.
This is the daily life of these three brothers. I started take pictures when Michele Born, 13 years ago, but definitly i started this work in 2016.