Man’s best friend is helping kids with special needs
Helios Tang was just two-and-a-half years old when teachers voiced their concern about his developmental progress. “His speech was not at the same level as other kids and he was also very shy,” says his mother, Edith Chan. “I was told it was GDD, global developmental delay.” GDD is a broad term to describe cognitive and physical development in children. This can include a child’s motor skills, speech, and social and emotional development. Chan’s only child also showed traits of autism, a condition that adversely affects social interaction and communication.   But over the past seven months, after taking part in an animal-assisted intervention (AAI), his ability to communicate with others ha
Chinese female bodybuilder with one leg aims to help 85 million people just like her
Gui Yuna has achieved more than most in her young life. At just 37-years-old, the Chinese mother-of-one, prize-winning bodybuilder, Olympian and world-record holder is no slouch when it comes to kicking big goals - despite having lost a leg in a tragic accident when she was just seven. Bullied relentlessly throughout school and discriminated against while searching for work, Gui’s biggest disability was the way other people saw her. On January 20, 2021, her birthday, Gui’s greatest reward is the steps she is taking to help millions of Chinese like her believe they can do anything. Something she is living proof of. With help from a local disability association in Yancheng, in the eastern Jia
School girl without hands wins an American handwriting competition
Sara Hinesley was born without hands. But that didn’t stop the 10-year-old girl from winning a national handwriting contest in the United States. Sara uses no prosthetics and writes with a pencil held between her arms. “She has this independent streak where she just knows that she can do it and she’ll figure out her own way," her mother, Cathryn Hinesley, told The Washington Post. Born in China, Sara came to the US four years ago after the Hinesley family adopted her. She is now a third-grade student studying at St John’s Regional Catholic School in Maryland. Since China passed legislation in 1992 to allow non-Chinese citizens to adopt the country’s orphans, American families have become to
Raising a child with autism in China
In China, children with autism are referred to as “children of the stars,” because communicating with them has been compared to talking to aliens. China has some an estimated two million people on the autism spectrum, but there’s very little support for them or their families. Wang Xuetao, 13, has never spoken clearly.  His mother Yang Yang, whose husband is intellectually disabled, struggles to raise her son by herself.