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VIDEO: Star-Gazing Kindles Autistic Boy's Learning, Speech

Will Yurman ventured to Cherry Springs' star party in Pennsylvania and captured the touching story of how star-gazing changed an autistic boy's life.

The boy, who was diagnosed with autism at an early age, was very closed off to people. After finding his hobby and passion in astronomy, his speech and communication improved drastically.

Video by Will Yurman, who has worked in journalism for more than 30 years as a still photographer and multimedia producer. Will was a long-time staff photographer at the (Rochester, New York) Democrat and Chronicle. He also spent three years based in Jerusalem covering the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. His work has been published in print and online around the world including the Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald, Newsweek, Le Monde and and exhibited at The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

His still photography and multimedia work have been recognized in the Best of Photography and Pictures of the Year International contests, among many others.

He is currently a senior lecturer in the College of Communications at Penn State University where he teaches photojournalism and multimedia. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife Hilary Appelman and their two children.