2E

The term 2e (an abbreviation for Twice Exceptional), is a designation for children who posses giftedness, but have also been formally diagnosed with a disability. This population of children is often misunderstood: their strengths often help to compensate for deficits, and their deficits can also make their strengths less apparent. I’ve spent the past five years documenting my son—a 2E child, whose creative and intellectual giftedness is astounding, and exists alongside his diagnosis of autism sand emergent attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. His disabilities make it difficult for him to slow down and interact with others, but his giftedness offers infinite curiosity and creativity. The result is a quirky, magical mix with the most profound vocabulary.