Kate E. Reynolds

  • Beijing Autism Conference

    The school Stars and Rain, which is located just outside Beijing, celebrates 20 years of existence in 2013. It was started, as historically so many projects are in autism, by a mother whose son as affected. Tian Huiping, whose 'English' name is Hope, is the mother, whose full story and that of the development of autism services is on the school's website www.autismchina.org

    I write this blog, sitting on my bed in a twin room with en suite bathroom, in Beijing, China. Tomorrow I go to Peking University for a two day conference about autism education, which is also a celebration of Stars and Rain School. The program I find slightly surprising in its apparent challenge to the authorities here about how children with autism are managed in both schools (issues of inclusion) and home (funding autism as a disability). See what you think of the following key topics:

    • Tell the truth – the service for autism in mainland China.

    • The mission of parents today in China – promoting the development of social security system for people with autism in China.

    Interestingly, there is a paper about the existing social service and social security system in neighbouring Taiwan, which may form the model for China. Another fascinating piece will be about inclusion of autistic children the Japanese education system; interesting in its own right and seeming slightly misplaced in a country where both nations are reputed for disliking each other.

    Aside from updates from Stars and Rain on progress, there will be input from the United States, which has offered a reciprocal program of volunteers via the organisation, 'Heartspring' for several years. Qualified teachers from the U.S. volunteer for programs in China, which uses parent education as the most efficient use of limited resources. Both the U.S. and Stars and Rain use Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) as a method of 'educating' autistic children.

    I'll report back with further details after tomorrow.


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