An autistic child is having a class in a training room.[Photo/Zhang Yujie]
An autistic child has a rest after doing exercises.[Provided to InKunming]
An autistic child amuses himself by playing a toy in the training center.[Provided to InKunming]
[InKunming--Kunming] April 2 is the 7th International Autism Day. On this day, we can not help turning our cameras on some autistic children in Kunming, who call for more attention and understanding from others.
Autistic children are also called "the kids of the star", as well as lonely angels. Up to now, there are around 7,000 autistic children living in Kunming.
Autism is usually attained inherently. Children who have autism are used to being self-reclusive, non-verbal and unconcerned. Most of them have problems of language retardation, social withdrawal, disconnection, and tend to do repetitive behaviors.
School enrollment difficulty
Due to congenital defects, most of ordinary schools denies to receive autistic children so that these children have no places to go but to learn in rehabilitation centers or enroll in special schools, or just stay at homes.
Mengduobei Rehabilitation Centre is a specialized autism rehabilitation center in Kunming. There are over 70 autistic children who receive training in the center.
Xiao Kang, an 8-year-old autistic child, has received training in Mengduobei Rehabilitation Centre for 3 years. Even though he has reached school age, Xiao Kang has not been to study in ordinary schools for once.
"I am afraid of being rejected by schools, so that I have never contacted any school for him." said mom of Xiao Kang, helplessly and painfully.
In fact, kids like Xiao Kang are not unusual. There are 7 kids who faced difficulties in school enrollments and chose to learn in Mengduobei Rehabilitation Centre. Among them, the oldest one, Xiao Chen, is 14 years now. He has been trained in the center for 7 years.