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Autism Society of Ohio makes children smile

By Sarah Mercer, WKBN
Published Saturday, October 17, 2015

Art and Tami Volpini have three children. Their son Arty has autism and they don’t have a single family picture.

“It’s something we’ve never been able to do, get a family picture, without them having a hard time,” Tami says. Volpini has tried to get Arty’s photo taken before but says he just cries.

That’s why the Autism Society of Ohio offers a family portrait session. Families with disabilities were invited to Mill Creek MetroParks Farm.

Having the event at the farm was important too because their family goes there often. An open and familiar environment makes taking photos easier for children with autism.

Jada Landgraver works for the Trumbull County Board of developmental disabilities and has experience helping children with autism.

Landgraver is also a photographer. She and April Lynn photography donated their time.

Landgraver says a quiet environment can help children with sensory issues.

The photographers did everything they could to make the children smile, even if that meant holding stuffed animals and making silly faces.

When the Volpini’s left the farm today, they had their first family picture.

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