China Children and Teenagers' Fund (CCTF) launched a community inclusion program named Happy Childhood E Station on April 8 in Beijing, designed to provide autistic children with better upbringing and social support.
The initiative is supported by Guoqiang Public Welfare Foundation of Guangdong Province and facilitated by Beijing Happy Family Science and Education Promotion Center and Country Garden Volunteer Association.
The organizers hope that the program will also enhance the rehabilitation education of autistic children, and arouse greater public attention and awareness for them.
Xu Xu, Deputy Secretary-General of CCTF, introduced the program at the ceremony. She said it would adhere to the theme of "Happy Childhood, Happy Family and Happy Home", and cover a series of online and offline activities, such as giving lectures and courses for popularizing autism knowledge, providing expert consulting and volunteer services and organizing family activities.
Meanwhile, the program would also engage communities by promoting people's awareness and understanding, to form a happy, healthy and harmonious culture and develop community inclusion.
By the end of 2018, the program will build a panel of experts and a commission of volunteers; edit, copy and deliver a brochure named Light Stars above the Sky, Pass Love and Warmth to popularize the methods of taking care of autistic children; and construct Happy Childhood E Stations all over Beijing.
With support of social forces, the public program will be more professional and down to earth, and be able to provide a happy childhood and life for autistic kids from the community, said a spokesperson.
Official from Beijing Women's Federation expressed their determination to implement the program in all districts of Beijing.
At the ceremony, Yan Anzhi, an inspiring lecturer and an ambassador of a charity group, gave a speech called "The World is More Fantastic Because of Me".
He shared the experience of being diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and his recovery because of his father's careful guidance. His confident and fluent speech, which was delivered in Chinese and English in turn, left great impression among the audience.
At the forum, experts had an in-depth discussion about the prevention, intervention and scientific treatment of autism, and the driving forces of improvement including scientific research development and government policies.
Professor Jin Feng from Behavioral Biology Laboratory of the Institute of Psychology, CAS, Cao Xiaoxia, founder of Heavenly Melody Salon, and Sun Menglin, Deputy Director of Autism Rehabilitation Professional Committee of China Association of Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons and Dean of Wucailu Autism Academy contributed their insights to the discussion.
CCTF founded China Care Fund for Autistic Children in May 2017. The Fund is aimed to provide public service including targeted assistance to autistic children and their families, as well as training and scientific research assistance to the professionals in this field.
(Source: cnwomen/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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