Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people. The word ‘spectrum’ describes the range of difficulties that people on the autism spectrum may experience and the degree to which they may be affected. Some people may be able to live relatively normal lives, while others may have an accompanying learning challenges and require continued specialist support.
The main areas of difficulty are in social communication, social interaction and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests. People on the autism spectrum may also have unusual sensory interests.
An estimated one in 100 people has autism; that’s almost 230,000 Australians. Autism affects almost four times as many boys than girls.
Early intervention makes a significant difference for children with autism.
However there are many families, school teachers, and disability carers who are still not fully aware of this. In August 2016, the ABC News reported that “Boy with autism locked in ‘cage’ at a NSW specialist school”, shocked the community. Previously a disability worker in Victoria says she was fired for complaining about the treatment of autistic children, including the use of a ‘coffin’ in which some students were locked. Many Chinese families struggled to cope with challenges of a “naughty” child as their awareness of the autism spectrum is limited.
Amaze is the peak body in Victoria for people on the autism spectrum and their supporters.
To raise awareness of autism in Chinese community and support the work of AMAZE, ACEF is selling BCY scarfs, made from designs by a brilliant young artist Mr. Bi Changyu （BCY）, BCY was diagnosed as an autistic child from his early years. However his family noticed that whenever he started to draw he would quiet down. He started to practice drawing at nine-years old and is specialising in oil painting. His talent was discovered at an 2008 art exhibition in Beijing. He held first public exhibition in 2015 and his work ” two girls running by seaside” was selected to exhibit at the 2015 world expo held in Milan. BCY’s art work is characteristic by bright and vibrant color. His art work has turned into design patterns for scarfs, bags and other fashion accessories. In 2014 and 2015, his designs appeared on New York Fashion shows, and his work has been collected by many celebrities in China.
AUSTRALIAN CHINA EDUCATION FOUNDATION (ACEF) was established as a not-for-profit organisation in January 2014. ACEF’s key objective is to promote educational potentials of children in both China and Australia by helping them overcome barriers. ACEF’s motto is “Education — A Journey Starts with Love”.
Since its establishment, ACEF has developed three sponsorship programs. The first ‘One-to-One Child Sponsorship, Xiushui, Jiangxi’ was initiated in May 2015. Up to March 2016, ACEF has raised a total of A$ 148,920 and provided direct financial support for more than 130 sponsored children in Xiushui in Jiangxi province. In August 2015, ACEF raised A$ 51728 to provide nutritional meals for school kids in poverty-stricken areas of China, in collaboration with the “Mianfei Wucan” (Free lunch China).
In Australia, ACEF has also joined the “the World Greatest Shave” with FCG Property Group and raised A$ 40,614 in 2015 to support for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Contact: Leslie Yin 0433 540 119
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