Stars and Rain Education Institute for Autism: Beijing, China
“Our mission is to help people with autism reach their full potential, improve their quality of life, and enjoy equal opportunities. We strive to be a bridge between society and children with autism.” – Tian Huiping, founder.
The Stars and Rain School in Beijing, China has worked for over 15 years to make a difference. There are hundreds of thousands of families in China who are affected by autism and face a desperate situation. They have little or no knowledge of autism and do not know how to teach or cope with their child. Also, these families are largely excluded by a society that does not understand or accept them. It is widely understood that autism in China is “in need of more attention.” (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/citylife/2008-04/02/content_6586642.htm)
The Stars and Rain program was the first nongovernmental organization in the People’s Republic of China to address the needs of children with autism. The founder of Stars and Rain, Tian Huiping (Hope), is an amazing woman with an amazing story (http://www.expatsinchina.com/life/education/special/xingxingyu.html). Tian is a true pioneer and inspiration to others around the world. Through my research I have found that the Stars and Rain program is the only school in China dedicated to helping parents understand autism and to helping their children overcome their symptoms. The parents are able to develop their own skills to educate their children. The school has helped over 2,000 families to date and has set a foundation for more success, knowledge and education to come.
I invite you to read about the Stars and Rain School and to pass on the word that it only takes one person to inspire hope and to create change for autism in our world.
Main Page: http://www.guduzh.org.cn/Default.aspx?alias=www.guduzh.org.cn/English
In Chinese: http://www.guduzh.org.cn/