Awakening Minds, Raw Art & A Mother's Wish

My name is Choo Kah Ying. I am a writer/educator, recovered sufferer of manic-depression, and homeschooler of Jean-Sebastien Choo. Sebastien is moderately autistic with significant delays in language.  Both of these conditions have inspired me to create Awakening Minds. Its aim is to raise awareness on autism and mood disorders through my books, articles, learning materials, talks, workshops, and consultations.

Despite all the progress that Sebastien and I have made during the eight years of our homeschooling life, he is unlikely to achieve independent functioning in mainstream society. Therefore, before I pass on, it is my dream to offer Sebastien and others like him a strong and loving community that will engage them with a well-rounded programme on a daily basis. This is why I have started A Mother’s Wish that has been principally funded by sales of Sebastien’s water colour paintings — Raw Art.


Check out my books, articles, learning materials, talks, workshops and consultations on mental wellness, autism, and special education.


Sebastien, my son with moderate autism, has been donating 30% of the sales of his paintings to “A Mother’s Wish” Fund.

Prices for these affordable paintings vary from $100 to $800, and the sizes from 9"x12" to A1 size.


Social enterprise providing subsidised activities for autistic individuals.


With the awesome support of almost new groups of participants with autism (aged 6–20), families & their helpers, service providers, and volunteers, we completed our second “A Mother’s Wish” holiday programme! Our participants took part in the following activities:

Baking I (June 9) baking healthy blueberry and cranberry cupcakes
Art (June 10) making fragrant spice cards and spice pegs
Fitness (June 11) engaging in repetitive movements with weights, medicine ball, and ropes
Baking II (June 16) baking chocolate brownies
Music (June 19) playing African drums and handbells
Drama (June 20) putting up performances with music, movement, and props.

This time around, our challenge was amplified in the following ways:

These changes are part and parcel of our endeavour to improve the holiday programme format and reach out to more families, SPs, and volunteers.

Despite the slight changes in our holiday programme format, the spirit of A Mother’s Wish continues to be affirmed:

With diverse members of the community sharing in the
collective caregiving of our participants with autism,
we can provide them with a meaningful life of dignity and
 support their families.

Check out the brief summary of the holiday program and the photos here.

Support A Mother’s Wish Holiday Programme!

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