Jo, a construction surveyor, had a son who was confirmed to have autism at the age of three. Her son’s delayed speech development as well as the “weird” behaviors in others’ eyes has made them suffer endless unkind eyes. Jo lamented the lack of understanding in autism among the society, worrying that her child may become part of vulnerable and isolated group and make it even harder to integrate into society in the future. Therefore, 9 months ago, Jo established the social enterprise “Angelchild” with another autistic child’s mother and produce different kinds of handmade food, offering more employment opportunities for age-appropriate autistic youth.
Not only making food in the factory, “Angelchild” and group of autistic youth used actions to break the “label” restriction this year and sell healthy handmade food such as cookie in food expo in HKCEC. Through the food expo, it is expected that autistic youth can enjoy the process of group of people working together while face-to-face communication can also promote interaction and social skills between autistic youth and others. Considering that most autistic patients pay attention to rules and procedures, clearer steps of making handmade foods can make them feel at ease during work while the tolerance and affirmation of social enterprises also help them gain more confidence and accelerate their growth.
There still exists negative labels and views for autism among the society, thus more inclusiveness and acceptance between people can help them become more capable group and better integrate into society. In addition, timely assessment and effective treatment can help children with autism grasp the golden treatment time, improve behavior problems and narrow the developmental gap with peers.
More details: https://hk.lifestyle.appledaily.com/lifestyle/food/daily/article/20180817/20477954
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