World Autism Awareness Day Feature: Bead By Bead - Looking Beyond Special
2nd April is World Autism Awareness Day.
Today, we have our friends @beadbybead_sg share more about themselves in our special feature.
Tell us more about yourselves!
We are mummies of two young ladies, Aisha (19) and Yueting (22), who have moderate autism. After graduating from SPED (special education school), both girls were assessed to be unsuitable for open employment.
We got together to do hobby craft with our daughters because we observed their interest in fine-motor skills and hands-on projects. We decided to tap on their strengths to explore painting, soap-making, quilling and producing handcrafted items. We sell these items to fund further learning activities for our children.
What are your aspirations for Aisha and Yueting?
As parents, we want our children to be gainfully engaged. Learning takes place continuously even after they leave school. We also believe engaging in craftwork provides Aisha and Yueting an avenue for self-expression.
What are your hopes for Bead By Bead?
We want to create and spread awareness that individuals who are moderate to severe on the spectrum can do productive work; they can and are able to thrive in a controlled, conducive environment under close supervision.
Every little thought counts. Support our local artists today! :)Head over to @beadbybead_sg for crafts by Aisha and Yueting.
Aisha also draws and paints decorative, usable art @iamcatbee