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April is National Autism Awareness month. It is a welcome acknowledgement for the Cheahs, who have been raising a son who is an autistic savant.

Delwin Cheah, 14, is more accomplished than any of his peers. He has received letters of recognition from former US President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II; he had a solo art exhibition; and a spot in a popular Chinese food travelogue show.

But what’s missing in Delwin’s narrative is that he is a savant who had been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Autism is a condition that begins in childhood and causes problems in how the person forms relationships and communicates with other people. It is estimated than one out of 600 children in Malaysia is born autistic1.


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