Northwest Center for Photography.. Sharon Lavier O'Keefe has invited all of us to this exhibit

From: Rae Lynn N.
Sent on: Friday, May 4, 2012 11:16 AM

Hello Ladies, I tried to send this a couple of days ago and yesterday but my computer was giving me fits so I know this is very late notice for the opening reception, but you may still be interested in the exhibit later in the month.  Sharon, the founder of the center, is a member of our photography group.

LEAH NASH—SOLO PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT "A different kind of normal : Stories of Asperger's Syndrome"
Opening Reception, Friday, May 4, 6-9 p.m. i witness gallery, 1028 SE Water Ave., Ste. 50, Portland, OR

Autism is the fastest growing disability in the US with an economic impact of more than $90 billion. The Center for Disease Control reports that now one in 110 children are being classified with autism spectrum disorders, compared to 1 in 10,000 in the 1970’s and according to the Autism Society of Oregon, Oregon state has one of the highest rates of autistic diagnosis in the country.


First documented in 1944, Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of high functioning autism. Many with Asperger´s can be quite gifted, but are often socially awkward and unable to make friends. Those affected live in a world of missed social cues and difficult exchanges. They may be physically clumsy and have limited eye contact alongside repetitive behaviors and interests, often perseverating on unusual topics.


Photographer Leah Nash spent more than a year focusing on 5 individuals with Asperger’s with the goal of exploring the diversity and complexity that exists across the spectrum. This work is especially relevant given recent controversial proposed revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the diagnostic encyclopedia of American psychiatry. In the newest 2013 edition, the term Asperger’s will be discarded altogether, replaced with the broader diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.


As history changes, a record must be kept, these stories must be told. Through the support of Street Roots and the Regional Arts & Culture Council, it is the hope that this series will encourage viewers to question their perceptions of both Asperger´s and autism and challenge themselves to gain a deeper understanding of the people behind the label.

Please join us as we give a voice to those that often have none.

Leah Nash has a passion for documenting the normal and the extreme, which she often finds are one and the same. Graduating Cum Laude from Vassar College with a degree in psychology she then went on to receive her Master’s in photojournalism at the University of Missouri where she was awarded a Fulbright Grant to photograph the AIDS crisis in India.


Sharon Lavier O'Keefe
Northwest Center for Photography
i witness gallery (Hours Tue-Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 1-6 pm; Open late First Fridays 6-9 pm)
1028 SE Water Ave., Ste. 50
Portland, OR 97214
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