Many families who have children with autism spectrum disorders are nervous and reluctant to take these children to have their pictures taken. SBJ Studios in Saint Joseph wants to change that. Josh Fairbanks and Jessica Bruder, business partners of SBJ, are celebrating Autistic Pride Day by giving away free photoshoots for children with ASD on June 14th.
“I have worked with students on the spectrum who have very challenging, even serious, behaviors for almost a decade. Jess had this great idea and it was my chance to use my experience and knowledge to make it a reality,” commented Fairbanks, owner of SBJ Studios. Fairbanks is also completing his master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, an area primarily serving the autistic community.
Fairbanks noted the difficulties some families have in taking pictures: “Often families have a child with autism who has some behavioral problems and they miss out on many more typical experiences, including pictures. My background allows us to welcome these families with open arms, regardless of the behavioral issues, so that they too can have this experience.”
Families can register using the information on the SBJ Studios Facebook page. Each family receives a complimentary 15 minute photo shoot and digital copies at no extra charge.
“It means a lot to me and to us to offer these wonderful children this opportunity and experience. We want to honor and show pride in autism and help raise awareness,” noted Brother.