The Wider Image: "Music is their language": school gives autistic Chinese youth a voice
Music teacher Chen Shensi, 38, encourages Zu Wenbao, 23, Wu Jiayu, 18, and Wang Boya, 30, to dance as they wait to perform onstage with their band Star Kids, who are all adults with autism spectrum disorder, at Renji Hotel, a campsite on the outskirts of Beijing, China September 11, 2022. Zu, who is non-verbal, started learning music free of charge at Chen's Studio, which started lessons for people with autism just as the pandemic began. He has since learned to play the keyboard, and sings along with the four other members of the Star Kids band their teacher, Chen Shensi, set up last year for people with autism. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SEARCH "WANG AUTISM" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.