About The Stories of Autism Project

The Stories of Autism project was founded by Seattle photographer Charlie Cotugno with the mission of promoting awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of adults and children with autism spectrum disorders. Originally, it was intended to be a small personal project with only ten subjects hanging in a local Starbucks for a month. However, that small showing  garnered a lot of attention from people in the autism community and resulted in dozens of requests from families wanting to participate. After creating over fifty images followed by dozens of exhibits throughout the Pacific Northwest, the project went expanded to become a national effort involving over 250 professional photographers who created over 450 portraits, all accompanied by a story about the challenges of living with autism. The project went on to be featured in exhibitions in various cities across the U.S. and is still part of several permanent exhibitions.

Featured here are some of the images created by Charlie. Please check back as more stories and portraits are added to the gallery.

To learn more about the project please email info@cotugnophoto.com.

Please Note: In order to read the stories it’s suggested you view the gallery on a tablet or larger screen.