To draw more public attention to the sufferers of autism, a public welfare event themed “Just Like You” was held at the Beijing BISS International School on the 12th World Autism Awareness Day, which fell on April 2.
The event, co-organized by the China Social Welfare Foundation; the Beijing Association for the Rehabilitation of Autistic Children; the Beijing BISS International School; ETU Education, and the Peking University Sixth Hospital involved exhibition of artworks made by autistic children and adults, an auction of their paintings, bakery courses in which they were taught how to make cookies and variety shows staged by BISS’s students, autistic people and their families.
A project that aims to help autistic adults to gain basic life skills and integrate into society was also launched on that occasion.
The auction has raised a total of 43,000 yuan ($6,408), a part of which will go directly to these painters. And the rest will be used by the China Social Welfare Foundation for rehabilitation of autistic people.
Jia Meixiang, a doctor from Peking University Sixth Hospital and also a medical specialist for autism, says that since the first child was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in China in the late 1980s, social programs and individuals have made continuous efforts to help autism sufferers through over 2,000 autism rehabilitation institutions across the country.
Elvis Tan, the director of BISS, says such activities are in tune with BISS’s vision and values. And he hopes that the international school can help students cultivate a strong sense of responsibility and support social diversity and social integration.