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.
MARCH 2015 UPDATE *NEW*
I am excited to announce our fourth “A Mother’s Wish” (AMW) Holiday Programme for individuals with moderate to severe autism — June 5th to June 19th. The AMW fund and the families of the participants will share in the costs.
The holiday programme concept constitutes our baby steps towards the ultimate vision of creating a community that provides affordable quality programmes for youths and adults with moderate to severe autism all-year-round.
Through the holiday programmes, we hope to offer an experience of AMW’s model of collective caregiving that spreads the responsibility of caring for individuals with autism across the community.
Concise Overview of Holiday Programme, June 2015:
- 11 activities (June 5th – 19th).
- Only activities with six participants will run. Targeted participants — individuals with moderate to severe autism, aged 6 and above.
- Priority will be given to participants who sign up for three or more activities.
- Duration: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m, unless otherwise stated [approx. 2 hours programming & 1-hour travel time].
- Public transport component: Participants will travel by public transport, under supervision (1 assistant/volunteer: 1 participant), to participate in ONE activity on each day of the holiday programme.
- A fun review worksheet will be provided to each participant at the end of the activity. From previous experience, we have found that this is a more “fun” way to get the participants to practise academic learning skills.
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Cost: $40 per day
- To reserve a spot, please contact us for a registration form. Please return the completed form AND make the payment no later than April 24th, preferably beforehand.
- Only activities with 6 participants will run.
- The spot is reserved ONLY when payment has been made. A receipt will be issued to you. Should there be any cancellations, due to unforeseen circumstances or a lack of participants, payment will be refunded to you promptly.
- For those who have signed your child up for only two activities, you may lose your reserved spots to those who have signed up for 3 or more activities and a refund will be issued. We genuinely feel that participants and others can best connect with the others when they have participated in at least 3 activities.
Contact: email@example.com or 8163-4509.
The AMW Fund that allows us to subsidise the holiday programme is principally funded by the sales of Sebastien’s paintings and products inspired by his artwork:
If you would like to offer a contribution to AMW (100% to AMW), we will send you an A4-sized print of Sebastien’s artwork in return.
FEBRUARY 2015 UPDATE
At our third “A Mother’s Wish” (AMW) Holiday Programme for individuals with moderate to severe autism (spread across Nov 28-Dec 11, 2014), I was delighted to see how we were beginning to cultivate a sense of community. As our group congregated each day, we were happy to reconnect with familiar faces —participants, helpers, and parents from previous holiday programmes — and excited to welcome new ones. For the parents and helpers shouldering the primary responsibilities of caring for our children, the holiday programme also offered a degree of respite and connection, thanks to the assistance of the volunteers.
This time around, our participants took public transport and participated in eight activities:
|1. Football— Nov 28th||2. Baking I: Banana Oat Cookies — Dec 1st|
|3. Functional Training (Fitness) — Dec 2nd||4. Building a Miniature Garden — Dec 3rd|
|5. Drama and Movement — Dec 4th||6. Baking II: Fruit Tarts — Dec 8th|
|7. Embodied Movement — Dec 9th||8. Assembling an IKEA CD Box — Dec 11th|
We are most grateful to our service providers, assistants, volunteers (principally from Meridian JC, but also from NIE and NUS), and families for their involvement and support. Special thanks to Mrs. Selina Tan who opened her home to host four of our events and the refreshments she provided! Together, we embody AMW’s model of collective caregiving — spreading the responsibility of caring for individuals with autism across the community. With these baby steps, we hope to achieve our ultimate dream of building a community that provides affordable quality programmes all-year-round.
To ensure that the AMW holiday programme activities are affordable for families, the costs of the programme are subsidised by the AMW fund. If you are looking for some unique gifts, please check out AMW’s product offerings.
Please contact Kah Ying at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and purchases.
Support A Mother’s Wish Holiday Programme!
- The costs of this holiday programme are partially covered by “A Mother’s Wish” fund. Sebastien, my son with autism, is a key contributor to this fund through his donations of 30% of the sales of his affordable original paintings to this fund and 90% of the sales of merchandise/corporate gifts featuring his artwork.
We would also like to contribute to your fundraising effort!
- Learn more about A Mother’s Wish: We would love to reach out to families with autistic children and members of the community to be part of A Mother’s Wish experience!