In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, The Essential Learning Group has adopted Xiersen Children’s Center, an officially-registered Chinese non-profit organization, as its sister NGO. Xiersen impacts children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by providing training to parents, caretakers, and special education professionals. ELG supports Xiersen as its sister NGO through financial, in-kind, and programmatic support.
Xiersen was officially registered through a consortium of local professionals, business people, philanthropists, and ELG founders Andrew Hill, Dr. Shari Rosen, and YaPing Zhao.
During April, Autism Awareness Month, Xiersen and ELG are participating in two events designed to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder in China.
Autism Awareness Day – April 2nd
Organized by Xiersen and hosted by the Shanghai Pudong Special Education School, the day featured a host of activities to raise awareness of autism. Activities included talks, dance, arts, sports, and more. Experts were available on-site to answer questions about Autism Spectrum Disorder and related therapies. ELG staff participated as the international experts, with specialists leading educational sessions on different therapies that help children with special needs.
Run in Blue – April 9th – with Platinum Sponsor ELG
On April 9, Run in Blue, a 5KM run, will be held to celebrate Autism Awareness Month and raise funds for Xiersen Children’s Services. The event is being sponsored by Rotaract, the youth wing of the Shanghai Rotary Club. ELG will be sending a team to run in the race and is the Platinum sponsor of the event.
It has been our long-time dream to find a local, officially-registered NGO to work with in order to improve the condition of special education in China for local children and families. We are delighted to adopt Xiersen, and are looking forward to bringing our unique expertise to local educators and parents.
– Monte Rosen, ELG’s Co-Founder and Managing Director