Learning in Hong Kong

As mentioned in my previous post, I attended the Asian Autism Conference in Hong Kong this past weekend along with an estimated 500 parents, care-providers, specialists, and health-care professionals. The aim of the conference is to share insight into research and treatment methods from experts spanning the globe.

The demand for information and services is evident throughout the world. U.S. Consul General James B. Cunningham delivered the opening remarks. Cunningham provided a wonderful introduction to the conference; conveying the sense of urgency and need around autism — as well as his personal learning in the area of autism through reading works of fiction, including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

Cunningham’s interest in autism service delivery is clearly established as he provided the opening remarks last year as well.

On day two, Lee Grossman, president of the Autism Society of America, welcomed the group and shared a vision of his organization’s commitment to the global issues affecting the autism community.

The Autism Parents Network of Hong Kong sponsored the event and organized the extensive array of learning opportunities. The message from parents, who reside throughout Asia (Hong Kong, mainland China, Philippines, Japan), was the same — we need information and support.


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  1. Patricia Wright Says:

    John – with the significant media focus on autism and the growing awareness, there are many adults that are realizing that they too are on the autism spectrum. They have gone through life without a “label” but are well-aware of their unique nature. Perhaps they have developed compensatory skills on their own to help mediate their disability. Many adults have found solace in gaining an additional understanding of their uniqueness after receiving an assessment and diagnosis.

    The resources that I am currently aware of in Hong Kong provide service primarily to children. I do think that this could be a reasonable place to start gathering information. The Autism Parents Network (www.autismpnhk.org ) have developed resources and educational forums in Hong Kong. Tim Trodd is a physician that presents regularly on treating individuals with autism
    (ph: 2824 9112). I believe that his office is in Wanchai. The Children’s Institute (http://www.tcihk.org/content.asp) is a school that provides educational support to children with autism.

    These local resources, although they are focused on children, may have additional information about resources that would be available to an adult residing in Hong Kong.

    Thanks for asking John – witb your support perhaps your friend can find what he needs.

  2. john wood Says:

    I live in Texas, USA and I have an adult friend in Hong Kong who I believe to be autistic. Is there a clinic or other place in Hong Kong, maybe in the Shatin district, where my friend could go to talk to someone?

    I am just now begining to learn about autism, and I want to help my friend.

    Any help or advice would be most welcome.

    Thank you in advance…john

  3. Beth Finke, Blog Moderator Says:

    Glad you’re back, safe & sound!

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