"Children of Stars" in Shanghai on the tenth World Autism Awareness Day
2017-04-06

It is the Tenth World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2017. On that afternoon, a large-scale charity concert was held at the Shanghai Children's Art Playhouse jointly by the Shanghai Television Station, the Shanghai Qing Cong Quan (QCQ) Training Center for Children with Special Needs, and Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation - Han Public Welfare Fund and other units. The activity called upon the people to learn more about autism and support the children with autism and their families.

 

At the concert, vocal solo sung by singer Ping An, piano performance played by pianist Song Siheng together with Dong Kaijie, an autistic boy, poems recital by well-known hosts, QCQ team’s sign language song "Invisible Wings" and other programs brought the audience warm and touching atmosphere, aroused more people's sympathy and concern for autism. The Olympic boxing champion Zou Shiming couple, host Ran Yingying, the 26th Tokyo Film Festival movie king Wang Jingchun invited as special guests came to cheer for the charity concert. Li Quan, a famous musician, sang a special song "Imperfect Perfect" for the children of the stars and the lyrics was written by Wang Yu, chairman of SSCLF – Han Public Welfare Fund. 

 

The micro - film “For the People”, with Qing Cong Quan autistic children as prototype was premiere at the concert. 

 

Autism generally appears within the first three years of a child’s life and affects their social and communication skills. The rate of autism in the world is high and it has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies. According to statistics from Autism Speaks, a global organization, one out of 88 children born today will be diagnosed with autism by the time they are eight years old. While there is yet no specific statistics in China, but based on a ratio widely accepted by the international community, it is estimated that there are 5.8 million autistic children in China. Described as “Children of the Stars” in China, these children are shown to be slow in language development, difficult in communicating with others, and have narrow interest ranges.  Therefore, early intervention and treatment are critical to helping them learn and integrate into mainstream schools.