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Play sheds light on autism

I attended the play Falling and would like to commend Pangdemonium for putting on such a moving and empathetic play.

It was an eye-opening look at the lives of families with autistic children and brought many audience members close to tears.

The post-show dialogue involved parents with autistic children sharing their experiences on stage with the actors.

I feel sad for these families because society, out of ignorance, shuns them due to the "inappropriate" social behaviour of their autistic children.

From the parents' sharing session and the events of the play, it was clear all these families want is for their children to be integrated into society, receive social support and, most importantly, have a safe place where autistic adults can go to when their parents are no longer around.

As a society, people need to be more aware and accepting of those with special needs.

This is a work in progress.

Falling is a step in the right direction and I hope as many Singaporeans as possible watch it.

Ng Kei Yong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2016, with the headline 'Play sheds light on autism'. Print Edition | Subscribe