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What are your dreams

for your children?

Parents of children with autism have one common dream for their kids: for them to live in a world where they are not only accepted but understood, welcomed and appreciated.

This World Autism Awareness Month, we shine the light on these fierce advocates with four real-life stories of mums and dads building a world for their children to thrive in.

What are 

your dreams for 

your children?

Parents of children with autism have one common dream for their kids: for them to live in a world where they are not only accepted but understood, welcomed and appreciated.

This World Autism Awareness Day, we shine the light on these fierce advocates with four stories of mums and dads building a world for their children to thrive in.

One child, one skill, at a time

Photo credit: Brenda Tan

Whenever Brenda shares about her experience as a mother to a child with autism, a common question she got was how someone could help families like Brenda's. One Child One Skill is her answer. The ground-up initiative matches student volunteers with families, where they teach children with autism a skill – from playing sports to developing their interpersonal skills.

An inclusive school in a holiday resort

As parents to a child with autism, the Chews understood the challenges of raising a child with special needs. But they believe that every child can blossom. That belief inspired the paediatrician and former teacher to start an inclusive school in their backyard. To fund the school, they turned their seafront home into a holiday destination: Lost Paradise Resort.

A father's dream for his autistic son

Photo credit: Bob Lee

Not many people truly understand what it means to be autistic. But Bob Lee – whose son is on the spectrum– believes that sharing his experiences can help people understand the reality that he and other parents like him face. Take a walk in his shoes as he freeze frames his days of raising a son with autism.

Setting him up for independence

Photo credit: Irvin Tan

Worried about his son's future after he's gone, Adil left his corporate job to start a catering business – Autism Cafe Project. Through the business, he hopes to give Luqman and other children like him a safe and encouraging space to develop the skills they need to be independent.

How can we build a kinder world where differences are celebrated?

Whether it's learning more about those living with autism among us, or offering support to someone you know who is living with autism, there are many things we can do as individuals to build a world where differences are not just accepted, but appreciated. Share with us one small action you would like to take.

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