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Exterior image of Shadowbox LiveIn November of last year, just before the holiday rush really began I had the privilege of being the photographer for an Autism Living event at Shadowbox Live in Columbus, Ohio. The event was called ‘Life’s a Spectrum: What does home mean to you?’ and featured several speakers, live performances by the Shadowbox Live crew, and food.

Autism Living is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help young adults challenged by autism to join intergenerational neighborhoods focused on mutual support. They are working to bring communities that foster these types of relationships to Columbus. Neighborhoods with people helping people and building valuable support systems to help give people independence.

On display at the event were 10+ cardboard houses built to help show what home meant to to them. The houses are decorated in a variety of colors and and different takes on what home meant. Guests were encouraged to view the cardboard house display.

A cocktail hour preceded the main feature of the event with several speakers, including Tom Berkshire of the Generations of Hope organization and Kevin Bacon of the Ohio Senate.

From there the event moved to the main stage for food while the Shadowbox Live performers did several musical numbers with guest speakers talking about the importance of integrated living for the autism community. These speakers included Autism Living board members, Alan Homewood and Leslie Kirsch, followed by guest speakers Rick Schostek, Kevin Galat, and Robert Blackburn.

If you have interest in how you can help the Autism Living group or just want to keep up with what they are up to – you can follow their Facebook page or visit their website.

Here are a few of the images from the event. I hope you enjoy!