In March, TODAY featured Bob Lee, veteran photojournalist and photography trainer for youths with varied disabilities.
We caught up with Bob and with his student Joshua Yeo during the latter’s gig as event photographer at the 2016 National Occupational Therapy Conference at the Enabling Village. Joshua, 24, has autism. His interest in photography has opened up new ways of communicating with the world. In this interview, Bob (BL) and Joshua’s mother Karen (KY) share their approach for teaching and communicating, as well as how photography has opened up opportunities for their children.
Q: How did you discover Joshua’s interest in photography?
KY: Joshua’s not good at communication, but when he wants people to pose for photos, he takes the initiative to ask. Joshua used to study at Mountbatten Vocational School and whenever there were group events, he would gather the volunteers and take photos for them.
We were looking for photography courses where he could learn to improve, but weren’t able to find suitable courses, which he could understand. A friend connected us with Bob who helped him prepare for this event.