Keyword: Autism

Shanghai cafe staffed by people with autism forced to close

Shanghai cafe staffed by people with autism forced to close

A Shanghai cafe’ that functioned as a social enterprise helping people with autism has been forced to close only a month after opening. The Love Cafe (in Chinese 爱咖啡) held its inauguration ceremony in Jing’an Park, Shanghai, on the 2rd of April, World Autism Awareness Day. Sponsored and managed by the famous musician Cao Peng and his daughter Cao Xiaoxia, the location also served as a “social practice center” for people with autism, who made up most of the staff. The place quickly gained popularity on the internet through numerous media reports and by word of mouth, even though it had not even officially opened for business. However, customers and …read more

Lei Yuxi’s autistic children photography: making the echoes of islands heard

Lei Yuxi majored in materials chemistry in college and continued to pursue her master degree in this field in the United States. She would have been working in materials chemistry for the rest of her life if she had not experienced an “accident” in 2012. While Yuxi was still in the States, she accidentally got to know about a rural children photography philanthropic program in Taiwan. Since Yuxi was also interested in philanthropy and expressing herself through the lens of a camera, she could not help but wonder whether photography could become a bridge for autistic children, who are not good at expressing themselves verbally, to communicate with the outside. …read more