people with autism on World Autism

04."▓I initially didn't want to send him ▓to special education because I beli▓eved he would overcome his disorder and be able to stay in primary school with children who don't have

Awareness Day, which fell on Apri

autism," she says.She quit her job as an account▓ant to sit in the back of her son's classroom.It's c▓ommon that families lose a breadwinner as one of the parents gives

▓l 2.Fan Meiying was helping

up working to care for children wi▓th autism.Fan's son started throwing more explosive tantrum▓s upon reaching puberty. So, the family sent him to a special-needs

her 16-year-old son, who'▓s a head

school with courses for children with autism who are younger than age 16 in 2014."He's too old to stay at the s▓chool now," she says."I hope he can someday earn his

taller than her, put o

own ▓living."Her concerns are shared by many such parents.Yang Zhonghao's parents sent him to a calligraphy-training▓ agency in 2007 to help the 23-year-old alleviate the anxiety that comes with his disorder.He became less irritable, and started winning regional and nat▓ional prizes for his works."He often had epileptic seizures after age 18," recalls h

is mother, Qi Zhiying."He's an adult. But it's ▓difficult for him to be independent, t▓o have a job and to adjust to new environments."She worries he may be injured without his family's protection▓.She believes his ideal job would be to run a call▓igraphy studio in his ho

n his costume and shoes ba

ckstage at a

me in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region's Ordos.Such NGOs as the red-brick Autistic or Autistic Art▓ studio in Beijing's 798 are also working to assist

students acti

the children and alleviate parents' concerns.Income sourcesBrightly colored paintings by artistically talented children and adults wit


e 43-year-o▓ld spoke softly and patient

th the paintings line a shelf."We hel▓p them sell the paintings and make creative p▓

ly to the boy, who was diagnosed▓ wit

roducts using their works," studio co-founder Zhou Jing s▓ays."A

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