Single mother from China who raised twins with special needs says she ‘wouldn’t change a thing’

Shanyang, China – Ma Zhiqui gave birth to twins Zhang Yuanjun and Zhang Hangjun 21 years ago. Hangjun, who is the older of the twins, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, while the younger twin, Yuanjun, was diagnosed with autism. Shortly after her sons were born, Ma decided to quit her job— despite the fact that […]

Hong Kong police criticized over arrest of man with autism

Hong Kong — Local police in Hong Kong are currently under fire following the wrongful arrest of a 30-year-old man with autism. Officers in Hong Kong arrested the man with autism in the afternoon of May 2 on suspicion of the murder of an elderly man on April 13 at the Mei Lam Estate in […]

Mother of man with autism memorizes 220,000 English words in less than two years

Beijing — A 51-year old mother of a man with autism memorized 220,000 English words, their translations, and their meaning— all in less than two years. Liyan Zhi is a university teacher at the Xi’an Jiaotong University, where she teaches economics and finance. In a world where technology and the internet have become daily parts […]

Gated community forces closure of autism center in Malaysia

PETALING, JAYA- A woman whose dream was to open an autism center in a gated community in Cheras was forced to move out. The new autism center had only been open for five days. Autism Consultancy founder Charlene Marie Samuel was forced to close her doors by the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the gated community. […]

Charity event in China helps raise awareness and funding for autism services

Xiamen, China – A charity event held to raise awareness of autism in China took place at the Tianzhu Mountain National Park last Saturday. The event, which was a collaborative effort by the China Women’s Development Foundation and Xiamen 1N1, featured a range of activities including baking, cooking, peanut harvesting and an egg hunt. The […]

China’s first lady unveils stamp honoring disabled

Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Yoo Soon-taek, the wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Sunday unveiled at the United Nations in New York a custom-designed stamp honoring people with disabilities as part of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. China’ State Council, or Cabinet, adopted […]

ABA in Hong Kong: The ups and downs of getting the therapy

Hong Kong — As home to the most established and one of the largest applied behavior analysis (ABA) service provider in the world, Hong Kong has slowly become the go-to place for families caring for children with autism in Asia, where many countries lack the resources to fulfill the special needs of children on the […]

China struggles to understand autism

Mainland China – China is uncertain exactly how many of its population is on the autism spectrum, something that may be hindering how the country handles the learning difference. The largest aspect being hurt by this misunderstanding of autism is ABA. ABA stands for applied behavior analysis, a program that can increase a child with […]

United Overseas Bank hires workers with autism

Singapore — More than one-third of the workers at the Scan Hub of the United Overseas Bank have autism, and the company says they’re thriving at their jobs. The company hired the workers as part of their partnership with the Autism Resource Center, and it looks like they were surprised at how well the workers […]

Chinese educators receive autism training at Pittsburgh schools

Pittsburgh, PA – Four educators from China will be undergoing an autism training program at Riverview Junior Jr./Sr. High school this spring. The primary school teachers who arrived from Beijing in March, are seeking to learn about and subsequently adopt methods that are currently being utilized in special education curriculums in the US in hopes of […]