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Catching the Snowflake: A photo story of Asperger’s Syndrome (Part one)

by Leah Nash

When you ask 11-year-old Willie Rates about life with Asperger’s, he seems comfortable with his place in the world, both figuratively and literally.

“Well, you’re indeed not usual, which I’m perfectly OK with,” he tells me. “It’s like I’m Portland unusual, or Los Angeles unusual.”

It was more than two years ago that Willie first donned his now trademark Nemes, a striped headcloth fashioned after the pharaohs in ancient Egypt. It is a reminder of his obsession with Ancient Egypt, though now Willie says he wears it more out of habit than anything else.

Willie working on a movie set.

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