Art Exhibition by Autistic and Mentally-challenged Children Opens in Beijing

April 1, 2013
By Ye ShanEditor: Liu Yunting

 Visitors at the first stop of the art exhibition tour by autistic and mentally-challenged children held by the Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Service Center for Disabled Children at the INDIGO Mall in Beijing on March 31, 2013. [Women of China / Zhang Jiamin]    

 Visitors at the first stop of the art exhibition tour by autistic and mentally-challenged children held by the Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Service Center for Disabled Children at the INDIGO Mall in Beijing on March 31, 2013. [Women of China / Zhang Jiamin]

The first stop of the art exhibition tour by autistic and mentally-challenged children, launched by the Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Service Center for Disabled Children, started at the INDIGO Mall in Beijing on March 31, 2013.

In conjunction with the upcoming 6th World Autism Awareness Day falls on April 2, 2013, the exhibition showed 120 paintings created by 27 children suffered from autism, Down's syndrome or mentally disabled, who also gave art performances such as dancing and playing piano during the launching ceremony of the exhibition.

Volunteers hold a charity bazaar at the launching ceremony of the art exhibition tour by autistic and mentally-challenged children held by the Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Service Center for Disabled Children at the INDIGO Mall in Beijing on March 31, 2013. [Women of China / Zhang Jiamin]

Volunteers hold a charity bazaar at the launching ceremony of the art exhibition tour by autistic and mentally-challenged children held by the Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Service Center for Disabled Children at the INDIGO Mall in Beijing on March 31, 2013. [Women of China / Zhang Jiamin]

Hosted by Xiao Guan from the Beijing TV, the ceremony attracted more than 100 attendees including Miss World Zhang Zilin, students from the center and their parents and representatives of the related organizations.

The Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Service Center for Disabled Children is a nonprofit organization administrated by the Chaoyang District Disabled Federation. It provides disabled children with opportunities for education and personal development.

Host Xiao Guan from the Beijing TV (L) and the founder of the Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Service Center for Disabled Children Zhang Junru [Women of China / Zhang Jiamin]

 Host Xiao Guan from the Beijing TV (L) and the founder of the Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Service Center for Disabled Children Zhang Junru [Women of China / Zhang Jiamin]

According to the founder of the center Zhang Junru, in conjunction with the 5th World Autism Awareness Day, the organizers have launched a tour in April 2012, which has successfully been held in eight stops in Beijing and north China's Municipality Tianjin, giving visitors a glimpse into the inner world of these special children.

Kang Kang (C) with his paintings exhibited at the first stop of the art exhibition tour by autistic and mentally-challenged children held by the Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Service Center for Disabled Children at the INDIGO Mall in Beijing on March 31, 2013 [Women of China / Zhang Jiamin]

Kang Kang (C) with his paintings exhibited at the first stop of the art exhibition tour by autistic and mentally-challenged children held by the Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Service Center for Disabled Children at the INDIGO Mall in Beijing on March 31, 2013 [Women of China / Zhang Jiamin]

Autism is a spectrum of disorders occurring in childhood and involving brain development. Incidences of autism have increased rapidly across the world in the past few years. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day in 2007 to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives.

The exhibition will last until April 21, 2013.

Host Xiao Guan from the Beijing TV (L) and the Miss World Zhang Zilin [Women of China / Zhang Jiamin]

 Host Xiao Guan from the Beijing TV (L) and the Miss World Zhang Zilin [Women of China / Zhang Jiamin]

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