Tim McBroom, 36, hugs his mother Sheila before leaving home for an afternoon outing with his father, Mike. Tim,  severely affected by autism, is non-verbal and often fearful. He lives with his aging parents who struggle to care for him. He wears a helmet as protection against self-injury. His parents worry that Medicaid  budget cuts will force Tim to be relocated into a group home. “We’ve been able to keep him at home for the past 21 years with supports from the waiver. “Tim requires a lot of support and has always had a lot of service hours. That’s the only thing that allows us to have any semblance of a normal life outside of caring for him,” explains McBroom, 65, “but that could change any day, and we feel powerless to do anything about it. The state’s solution is to place Tim and others like him in group homes. That would be a disaster.”

Tim McBroom, 36, hugs his mother Sheila before leaving home for an afternoon outing with his father, Mike. Tim, severely affected by autism, is non-verbal and often fearful. He lives with his aging parents who struggle to care for him. He wears a helmet as protection against self-injury. His parents worry that Medicaid budget cuts will force Tim to be relocated into a group home. “We’ve been able to keep him at home for the past 21 years with supports from the waiver. “Tim requires a lot of support and has always had a lot of service hours. That’s the only thing that allows us to have any semblance of a normal life outside of caring for him,” explains McBroom, 65, “but that could change any day, and we feel powerless to do anything about it. The state’s solution is to place Tim and others like him in group homes. That would be a disaster.”

Robin Rayne, documentary photojournalist

Robin Rayne is a nationally-published magazine, newspaper and documentary photojournalist based near Atlanta, Georgia.  

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Robin Rayne, photojournalist, Canton, GA USAphoto credit: Stanley LearyAll permissions for use granted

Robin Rayne, photojournalist, Canton, GA USA

photo credit: Stanley Leary

All permissions for use granted

Robin Rayne is an Atlanta-based and internationally-published magazine and newspaper photojournalist and documentary film producer, specializing in developmental disability issues,human rights, gender diversity, social justice issues and the escalating political drama in Georgia. 

Spanning a 35-year national magazine career, Robin's work has regularly appeared in Newsweek, Time, Business Week, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, NBC News, LePoint, Paris Match and Der Spiegel, among dozens more. Robin’s photographs and essays are syndicated globally by ZUMA Press

Robin produces stories and films with a goal of reshaping the way society views those who are different, often shunned, misunderstood, rejected and devalued