Ben and Sam Schwenker, now 8 years old, were both diagnosed with autism when they were 18 months old. {quote}Raising them is a daily challenge. We were so not prepared, but we learn more every day, {quote} says Jennifer, the boys' mother. Autism spectrum disorders cut across all lines of race, class, and ethnicity. Autism impacts millions of children, adults, and their families around the world. Boys have a significantly higher incidence of autism than girls: four out of every five people with autism are male. Because of the genetic link, siblings of a child with autism have a greater chance of being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorders affect not only the person diagnosed with the disorder, but also make a significant impact on the entire family with a variety of social, financial, and other practical demands.PICTURED: Now 8 years old, Sam (in yellow) and Ben still spend much of their day after school and weekends on their trampoline. They are still non-verbal but understand some of what they hear.

Ben and Sam Schwenker, now 8 years old, were both diagnosed with autism when they were 18 months old. "Raising them is a daily challenge. We were so not prepared, but we learn more every day, " says Jennifer, the boys' mother.

Autism spectrum disorders cut across all lines of race, class, and ethnicity. Autism impacts millions of children, adults, and their families around the world. Boys have a significantly higher incidence of autism than girls: four out of every five people with autism are male. Because of the genetic link, siblings of a child with autism have a greater chance of being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorders affect not only the person diagnosed with the disorder, but also make a significant impact on the entire family with a variety of social, financial, and other practical demands.

PICTURED: Now 8 years old, Sam (in yellow) and Ben still spend much of their day after school and weekends on their trampoline. They are still non-verbal but understand some of what they hear.

Robin Rayne, documentary photojournalist

About Robin Rayne

LCC International University students who are working with Chick-fil-A this summerWhere Good Meets GraciousREMARKable Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 4Robin Nelson, Team Members

LCC International University students who are working with Chick-fil-A this summer

Where Good Meets Gracious

REMARKable Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 4

Robin Nelson, Team Members

'Everyone has a story if you dig deep enough.' Those words from a professor shaped my career as a magazine, newspaper and documentary photojournalist over the past 35 years 

I've learned that people are often afraid of what they don't understand. 

I've always had a passion for making pictures and telling stories that expose, reveal, enlighten and encourage. 

Words paint pictures, and pictures tell stories. 

I'm drawn to social justice and human rights issues, but I love any good story that pulls the readers in and gives them something to talk about later. 

My focus in recent years has been the disability community, producing stories of struggles and victories of those who have been shunned, misunderstood, ignored and sometimes feared. 

The hundreds of magazine assignments over my career sharpened my skills and prepared me for the work I'm doing now as a photojournalist and filmmaker for the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia. 

I produce stories and films with a goal of reshaping the way society views those who are different -- and 'different' covers a wide spectrum of society, humanity, gender diversity and ability. 

We only have one life to live -- and it's now. 

I try to make a difference in what I do as a journalist, using all the tools available to make every day count.