'Special Slices' Sparks Awareness | 希儿森x学建助力心智障碍青年就业梦
Help Xiersen continue telling touching stories and start conversations about employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
非凡剪影 - 原创漫画系列
SPECIAL SLICES - THE ORIGINAL MANGA SERIES
在中国，有数百万心智障碍人士。而最新数据显示，该群体的就业率不到 2% ，是所有残疾人中最低的。为此，希儿森儿童服务中心–—ELG学建的姐妹非盈利组织发起了这个振奋人心的公益项目，期待可以让心智障碍成年人的就业问题得到更多关注。
There are millions of people with intellectual disabilities in China. According to a recent report, the employment rate for people with intellectual disabilities was less than 2 percent, the lowest among all disabled groups. Xiersen – ELG’s sister organization has embarked on an exciting new project to address this important social issue.
希儿森是一家在中国正式注册的非盈利组织，其使命是“改善中国特殊教育的现状”。他们最近发起的AWARE提升意识活动 – 非凡剪影漫画项目，旨在帮助解决人们对心智障碍群体的认知和理解问题，以获得公众以及社会各界的支持。
我们也相信，通过分享我们的漫画故事，可以让人们知道这些都是可能实现的。” —— Andrew Hill，希儿森董事长
《非凡剪影》是由希儿森主导的原创漫画系列，得到了中国人气漫画艺术家转轮手枪（本名：曲志国）和西安泽塔时代文化传媒（ Gen Z Group） 的支持。
Xiersen is a local NGO whose mission is “to improve the condition of special education in China”. Their latest AWARE campaign aims to raise awareness of challenges and opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities and also create jobs for them – all through the power of manga!
“We know that many people do not understand the situation of adults with intellectual disabilities but need a way to learn about this situation.
It is sad that many people who have intellectual disabilities do not find jobs or purpose in their adult lives.
We believe that the more people learn, the more they can do to help or hire people with intellectual disabilities. Those with intellectual disabilities want to fit into society and make a meaningful contribution to their lives just like everyone else.
We believe that through our stories we can tell people how this can come true.” – Andrew Hill, Chairman of Xiersen
Special Slices is an original manga series developed by Xiersen with the support of popular Chinese manga artist Zhiguo Qu 转轮手枪 (Revolver) and Gen Z, an educational media company based in Singapore.
"Special Slices of life to bring about awareness, acceptance and opportunity."
Why focus on vocational opportunities?
Special Slices tells the story of different characters with various vocational pursuits. All of these characters are based on real life individuals but some with fictional names and likenesses.
When creating new episodes, the Xiersen team tries to understand as much as they can through conducting interviews with the person being featured, their family members, their employers and other people connected to the story.
For many of us, going to work might feel mundane, or might feel like a necessary chore. But having a job can have a big impact on a person with intellectual disabilities.
For those with intellectual disabilities, employment can boost their confidence, improve their self-esteem and help them feel more independent, giving them a sense of purpose and pride. It also helps their families, some of whom once thought that their children would never be able to find work. However, when given the right job opportunity, they noticed that working in a supportive, accepting environment has had a huge positive impact on their children.
Xiersen hopes that when people read this Magna, they will see how people with intellectual disabilities belong in society, and also can contribute a lot to their communities.
Employing a person with an intellectual disability may give one person a job – but it also has a positive ripple effect on many other people and situations.