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A beautiful mind

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 13 2011   /  10:26 am

Showing solidarity: Participants to the World Autism Day held on April 2 walk down the streets of Yogyakarta. Antara/Wahyu PutroFor the first 10 years of her son’s life, Sri Astuti never heard him utter a word. Her son Raditya Parasadi is autistic. When he was growing up, information on autism was hard to come across, Sri explained. Now, 13 years later, Raditya communicates freely. He can hold conversations on various topics from religion to marriage. He also has a penchant for designing clothes. While he has now blossomed into a talented young man, Sri said raising an autistic child wasn’t easy, mainly because society perceives autistic children or people as strange and freakish. Raditya once worked in a hotel, Sri said, but when his old boss moved on, Raditya was laid off because his new superior wasn’t open to having an autistic employee. Actress-cum-activist Christine Hakim rec...